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Brazilian Soccer Player, 24, Dies after Collapsing on Pitch during Match in Portugal

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian soccer played Alex Apolinario has died after a suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest that caused him to collapse during a match last Sunday, according to a statement released by his club FC Alverca on Thursday. He was 24 years old.

Apolinario's collapse happened in the 27th minute of his club's match against UFC Almerim in the Portuguese third division. Medical professionals were able to get his heart beating again on the pitch with a defibrillator. He was then taken to a hospital and placed into a medically-induced coma.

"It is with deep sadness . . .

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