Chapecoense plane crash survivor dies after football game

epa07466687 (FILE) - Survivor of the air crash of that took the lives of several members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, journalist Rafael Henzel (R) is kissed by his son Otavio Henzel (L) during a press conference in Medellin, Colombia, 08 May 2017 (reissued 27 March 2019). Rafael Henzel, 45, one of the six survivors in the 2016 plane crash that killed most of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team, has died after suffering a heart attack while playing football, the club announced reported on 26 March 2019. EPA-EFE/LUIS EDUARDO NORIEGA A.

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Rafael Henzel, one of the only six survivors of the plane crash that killed most of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense in 2016, has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 45.

Henzel, a Brazilian journalist, collapsed while playing football with friends.

Henzel was scheduled to cover the match between Chapecoense and Criciúma for national tournament Copa do Brasil on Wednesday. Chapecoense has asked Brazil’s football association to postpone it.

A highly respected journalist, Henzel returned to his job at a radio station in the southern city of Chapecó after recovering from the 28 November 2016 crash.

The plane carrying 77 people, including 19 Chapecoense players, crashed in Colombia after running out of fuel.


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