7 famous footballers who committed suicide

Modified 03 Mar 2017
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#5 Carlos Jose Castilho (1927-1987)

Carlos Jose Castilho

Born in Rio de Janerio, Brazil on 27 November 1927, Carlos Jose Castilho began his junior career with Olaria in 1945 followed by a move to Paysandu in 1946. Starting his professional footballing journey with Fluminense, Castilho played for the club for nearly 18 years, a period ranging from 1947 to 1964.

Noted as a goalkeeper for making seemingly impossible saves, he was also said to have carried an unbelievable amount of good luck with him. Selected as a member of the Brazil squad in four World Cups – 1950, 1954, 1958, & 1962, he featured in just three games, with all of them coming in the 1954 finals. After retiring from professional football, Castilho served as a coach for many Brazilian club teams.

He died on 5 February 1987 at the age of 59 when he committed suicide by jumping out of his apartment window. He had been suffering from depression and those who knew him said that he was trying to save his marriage, too. 

Published 31 Jan 2015
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