Italian Soccer Player Piermario Morosini, Dies During Match

Posted on 15 Apr 2012 at 11:59am

All Italian soccer matches were cancelled for the weekend after Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, age 25, died Saturday from cardiac arrest.

His death happened just 31minutes after the Italian Serie B soccer match against Pescara began.

Morosini was taken off the field by stretcher after collapsing several times. According to ESPN, “A consultant in the hemodynamic department at the hospital, who was watching the game and rushed to help before the ambulance arrived, said Morosini never regained consciousness.”

“Morosini never had a single heartbeat again,” Leonardo Paloscia said. “From when I arrived, he never gave a sign of revival, not in his respiration nor his heartbeat. When I arrived everything (his heart, respiration) was stopped. No one can say what the cause was; I think nothing will come out until after the autopsy.”

A defibrillator was used to try to bring him back to consciousness as he was taken off the pitch to a nearby hospital.

De Blasio told reporters that Morosini was already dead by the time he got to the hospital. Cardiologist Eduardo De Blasio at Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital made the official pronouncement that Morosini was dead.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE…

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Medics assist Livorno's Piermario Morosini at the Pescara's Adriatico stadium, central Italy, Saturday, April 14, 2012, after he collapsed during a Serie B soccer match between Pescara and Livorno. Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and received urgent medical attention on the pitch. A defibrillator was also used on the 25-year-old, but he was declared dead at the Pescara's hospital. The match was called off, with the other players leaving the field in tears. (AP Photo/Cristiano Chiodi, Lapresse) ITALY OUT
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