Renowned Romanian Journalist Dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Ioan Chirila, a prominent Romanian sports journalist who covered eight soccer World Cups and wrote a best-seller on Nadia Comaneci, died Sunday. He was 75.
Chirila died after suffering a heart attack in his home, the private news agency Mediafax reported.
On Friday, Chirila appeared on television commenting on Comaneci, the five-time Olympic champion who was the first gymnast to receive a perfect 10.0, at the 1976 Olympics.
``She was a saint for us because she was so close to perfection,″ he said.
Chirila, who became a journalist in 1950, specialized in tennis, soccer and gymnastics. He wrote 27 books and translated several plays from Russian into Romanian.
His best-selling book entitled ``Nadia″ sold 345,000 copies. His books which sold over 70,000 copies made him one of the most popular writers in contemporary Romania.
Chirila is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Funeral services were incomplete.