Christian Benitez dies at 27

Former Birmingham CIty player Christian Benitez has died at the age of 27.

Christian Benitez died after a cardiorespiratory arrest

The Ecuador Football Federation has confirmed that Christian Benitez died after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest.

In a statement, the organisation has described how Benitez was suffering from severe stomach pains and was rushed to hospital.

"The Ecuadorian Football Federation extends its heartfelt note of sympathy to their families, parents, wife, children and friends of our striker Cristian Benitez."

– Ecuador Football Federation

Players express shock at Christian Benitez's death

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Can't believe Christian Benitez aka chucho has died had the pleasure to play with him he was a top bloke. My thoughts go out to his family

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Can't believe the news I've just heard about my former team mate chucho (Christian Benitez) such sad news. R.I.P

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Birmingham City pay tribute to Christian Benitez

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The thoughts of all at Birmingham City Football Club are with the friends and family of Chucho following this very sad news. #RIP

El Jaish: Christian Benitez's death 'a big shock'

"The club would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family of the player.

Benitez had recently joined the club from Club America for three seasons.

The player participated for the first time with the team during yesterday's match against Qatar Sports Club in the Sheikh Jassem Cup without complaining of any health problems.

His sudden departure is a big shock for each member of the technical and administrative staff.

He was a player that over the short period he was here was regarded for his high moral character."

– El Jaish

Christian Benitez's death confirmed by El Jaish

Benitez spent the 2009/10 season on loan at Birmingham Credit: PA

Former Birmingham City striker Christian Benitez has died aged 27.

The Ecuador international, who spent a season on loan at St Andrew's in 2009/10, had been playing for El Jaish of the Qatar Stars League.

He joined the Middle Eastern club earlier this month from Mexican side Club America, after previous spells with El Nacional, Santos Laguna and Birmingham.

He was a regular for his country and made the Ecuador squad for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, scoring 24 goals in 58 appearances.

El Jaish have released a statement confirming Benitez's tragic passing, but did not confirm the cause of death.

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