Journalist who survived Chapecoense plane crash dies

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A Brazilian journalist who survived the Chapecoense plane crash tragedy died Tuesday after playing soccer with friends.

Raphael Henzel, 45, broke seven ribs in the deadly plane crash that claimed the lives of 77 people including 19 players from Brazilian club Chapecoense in November 2016.

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He suffered a heart attack while playing soccer with his friends, and died after being taken to a hospital.

Henzel covered the Brazilian club and wrote a book on the plane crash, “Viva Como Se Estivesse de Partida” — loosely translated “Live Like I Was Departing.”

Chapecoense called Henzel “a symbol of the club’s reconstruction” and said that the club’s history “will always remember his example of overcoming adversity in everything he did.”