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Sudden death for spanish footballer

Spanish club Espanyol were in a state of shock on Sunday following the sudden death of their 26-year-old team captain Dani Jarque.

sports Updated: Aug 10, 2009 01:11 IST

Spanish club Espanyol were in a state of shock on Sunday following the sudden death of their 26-year-old team captain Dani Jarque.

Defender Jarque, who was about to become a father, collapsed in his hotel room on Saturday during a club tour of Italy and died of heart failure after attempts to revive him failed.

Jarque's death came two years after Spanish football was shocked by the death of Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta following his collapse on the field during a match.

“I find it very hard to believe these things happen,” Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Llibre said. “Jarque was a great person and a great professional. He was very happy because he was about to become a father. He loved Espanyol and was very excited with the new stadium and his recent appointment as captain.”

Espanyol paid tribute to the player on their website.