With the shock death of Daniel Jarque - the 26 year-old Espanyol captain who suffered a cardiac arrest after training on Saturday - fans were left wondering how a man in such peak condition could endure a fate typically associated with the ageing and obese.
The incident comes almost two years after fellow Spaniard, Sevilla's Antonio Puerta, collapsed in the first half of his team's 4-1 victory against Spanish league rivals Getafe and died three days later aged just 22.
There was also the shocking death of midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who had a cardiac arrest on live television while playing for Cameroon.
In Scotland, Motherwell fans still mourn the passing of club captain Phil O'Donnell who died on his way to hospital after suffering a seizure in a game against Dundee United in 2007.
These footballers all suffered from Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) -- an umbrella term for a range of heart conditions that cause cardiac arrest in young people. Read full article »