Thursday, 30 April 2015

Belgian defender Gregory Mertens dies three days after suffering heart failure

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Belgian defender Gregory Mertens has been confirmed dead three days after he suffered a heart filure while playing for Lokeren reserves in Genk.

The 24-year-old had been in a critical state after collapsing on the field 20 minutes into a reserve game against Genk on Monday.

A club statement said: "The medical staff have done everything to save Gregory, but they finally had to acknowledge their impotence.

"Gregory passed away at around 16:30."

According to sky sports, He was given emergency treatment on the pitch before being rushed to hospital where he was placed in an induced coma in an effort to save his life.

He began his career at Anderlecht, before moving to Lokeren in January last year from Cercle Bruges. He has also been capped several times by Belgium at U21 level.

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