Tragedy strikes Belgian soccer again as another young player dies of cardiac arrest

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In what can only be described as an awful and tragic coincidence, another young Belgian pro player has died after suffering a heart issue on the match day pitch.

Tim Nicot, a 23-year-old left back in Belgium’s fourth tier, collapsed on the pitch while playing in a tournament for¬†Wilrijk-Beerschot when he went into cardiac arrest. He was placed into an induced coma, and later died.

Nicot joins Gregory Mertens as young players who’ve died as a result of heart incidents during matches in Belgium in the past month.

From the BBC:

A club statement said Nicot “fought like a bear” and was the “idol of our supporters”.

It described him as “always in a good mood, always making time for an umpteenth selfie with a fan”.

Nicot’s team-mate Wesley Snoeys said: “So many questions. Always the same question comes up: why why why? You left us far too soon. I will never forget you. Forever in my heart.”

Jef Snyders, another Wilrijk-Beerschot player, added: “Football will never be the same anymore. Rest in peace mate.”

source:
http://www.beerschotwilrijk.be/