Rafael Henzel, Chapecoense plane crash survivor dies football game

Rafael Henzel, Chapecoense plane crash survivor dies football game

- Rafael Henzel has passed away two years after surviving plane disaster in Colombia

- The 45-year-old was said to have suffered heart attack while playing football with friends on Tuesday

- Henzel was taken to the hospital but they were unable to revive him shortly after getting there

Chapecoense plane crash survivor Rafael Henzel has been reported dead after suffering a heart attack during a football game.

The 45-year-old Brazilian journalist was said to have collapsed during the game and died shortly after he was taken to the hospital on Tuesday.

Henzel was one of the six survivors of the plane disaster after the aircraft carrying 77 people, including 19 Chapecoense players, crashed in Colombia after running out of fuel.

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After making full recovery from the crash, Henzel was said to have returned to his job as a radio journalist.

However, two years after the crash, he became the 72nd on the manifest to pass away according to SunSport.

"Throughout his brilliant career, Rafael told the story of Chapecoense," the Chapecó club said in a tribute on its website (in Portuguese).

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"He was a symbol of the club’s reconstruction and he will always be remembered in the green and white pages of this institution."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Several media outfits are reporting that only five people survived as the remaining 76 people on board lost their lives.

Confirming the death toll and the number of survivors, Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander said according to The Guardia: "Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died.

The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims.” The five survivors according to Brazilian TV channels Globonews and SporTV are identified as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, goalkeeper Danilo and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follmann plus journalist Rafael Henzel and crew member Ximena Suárez.

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