Arne Espeel Autopsy Report Goalkeeper Died Suddenly, Age 25
Belgian goalkeeper Arne Espeel dies aged 25 after reportedly collapsing following penalty save during match.
Arne Espeel, a Belgian goalkeeper, has passed away at the age of 25 after reportedly collapsing following a penalty save during a football match on Saturday. Espeel was playing for Winkel Sport B in the second provincial division of West Brabant in Belgium.
Arne Espeel Autopsy Report, Goalkeeper Died Suddenly, Age 25
During the match against Westrozebeke at their home ground in Sint-Eloois-Winkel in the Belgian province of West Flanders, Winkel Sport B was leading 2-1 when the opposition was awarded a penalty in the second half.
Espeel saved the penalty and celebrated excitedly before collapsing immediately after, according to reports in Belgian media, including the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
Emergency services were called to the pitch and attempted to assist Espeel using a defibrillator, but he was pronounced dead shortly after the incident. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday evening to determine the cause of Espeel’s death, but the results have not been released yet, according to Reuters.
Espeel’s death has been a shock to the football community, and tributes have poured in on social media to honor his memory.
Winkel Sport B’s Statement
According to Belgian media reports, Espeel’s younger brother Aaron was sitting on the bench during the game as well.
A statement released by Winkel Sport paid tribute to Espeel’s memory.
“Winkel Sport is in deep mourning due to the sudden death of Arne Espeel goalkeeper Winkel Sport B,” it said.
“We wish Arne’s family and friends our sincere deepest sympathy in this great loss. Football is an afterthought for now.”
On Monday evening, more than 1,000 people attended a memorial service for the goalkeeper Espeel, in which he was remembered.
“This is a disaster and a shock to everyone,” Winkel manager Patrick Rotsaert told Het Nieuwsblad.
“Arne had been with the club all his life and was very loved. He was a wonderfully sympathetic boy, always in a good mood and ready to help. This is really a heavy blow. First of all for his family and also our entire club.”