Football: Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died of heart failure, say Qatari club El Jaish
DOHA, QATAR (AP) - Qatari club El Jaish says Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died of heart failure.
The club released a statement Wednesday with the cause of death, but provided no further details. The 27-year-old Benitez died Monday, the day after playing his first match for the club.
The finding comes a day after Ecuadorean football chief Luis Chiriboga said the player had been taken to a hospital with sharp stomach pains, developed peritonitis and died of cardiorespiratory arrest.
The club also say they plan to hold a ceremony before they send Benitez's body to Ecuador on a private plane.