Espanyol skipper Jarque dies
Tragedy hits Espanyol at Italian training camp
Last Updated: August 8, 2009 10:16pm
Jarque: Heart attack
Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque has died, the club have announced in a statement.
The 26-year-old passed away on Saturday evening when his heart stopped following a training session in Coverciano, Italy where the squad are on a pre-season camp.
Club doctors and Italian paramedics tried to revive Jarque, a product of the Espanyol youth system, but without success
Jarque's death comes two years after the death, also from heart failure, of Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta, who died aged 22 after having collapsed during the opening game of the Spanish La Liga season.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Tragedy struck
Espanyol and the family of Dani Jarque this evening. The blanquiazul player died from a cardiac arrest.
"The doctor Cervera carried out CPR on the player and used a defibrillator,
which showed that the arrest was non responsive.
"After a few minutes the first ambulance arrived from the Florence emergency
services, who tried again with the defibrillator they carried.
"The medical services continued carrying out CPR, administering adrenaline and atropine for an hour, but the player's heart did not react, so finally that
determined his death.
"RCD Espanyol, broken with pain, wish to put themselves at the absolute
disposition of the family of our captain Dani Jarque, to whom go our warmest
Espanyol, who had been due to play Bologna on Sunday, have suspended their pre-season tour of Italy and will fly back to Barcelona.
Jarque joined Espanyol at the age of 12, making his debut in 2002, and was
handed the captaincy this summer.