Soccer-Ecuador international Benitez dies aged 27 (Reuters)

* Benitez died of heart failure, says Ecuador federation * Striker had made debut for new club on Sunday (Adds Ecuadorean Football Federation statement, background) July 29 (Reuters) – Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez died in Qatar on Monday of heart failure at the age of 27, the Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) said. Benitez, who played 58 times for Ecuador, was the son of Ermen Benitez, one of his country’s all-time leading goalscorers. His Qatari club El Jaish, who signed Benitez only three weeks ago, had earlier reported his death on their website (www.eljaish.com). …

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