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Doctors in Ecuador: Benitez had heart ailment

August 2, 2013

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean football officials say an autopsy has revealed that an arterial heart ailment provoked the heart attack that killed striker Christian Benitez.

Football federation president Luis Chiriboga says doctors reported the ailment could not be detected before Benitez died Monday in Qatar. They found it during a second autopsy conducted after his body arrived back in Ecuador on Friday.

The 27-year-old striker had gone to Qatar to play for the El Jaish club in July after spending several years in Mexico. He helped America win the Mexican championship last season.

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