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Another Belgian footballer Tim Nicot dies having suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch

11 May 2015, 17:00 IST

Tim Nicot

Tim Nicot has become the second Belgian footballer in two weeks to have collapsed on the pitch due to a cardiac arrest. The 23-year-old left-back playing in the Belgian lower leagues suffered the cardiac arrest on Saturday.

The player representing fourth-tier Wilrijk-Beerschot was playing in Hemiksem when the incident occurred.

He was rushed to the hospital where he was placed in an induced coma and passed away on Monday.

Gregory Mertens also passed away in lat-April earlier this year in a similar incident.

The club released a statement that read:

“Much too soon, much too young.

“This morning Tim Nicot deceased at Edegem. He became only 23 years.

“KFCO Wilrijk Beerschot are still searching for the right words to express our feelings, our sorrows. Because disbelief, dismay, powerless rage, too... they all fight for their place on the front row in the emotional rollercoaster that is currently blowing through our club.

“Tim Nicot suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday during a game of football in Hemiksem, he was resuscitated and transferred to the hospital at Edegem, where he was kept in an artificial coma. When the doctors labelled his condition as 'critical', it became clear how serious it all was, and how hard he would have to struggle to recover.

“He fought. He fought as 'a bear'. Lovingly surrounded by his family, supported by his fellow mates and his many friends.”

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