Chapecoense plane crash survivor dies after football game

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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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