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Club Aguilas of America of Liga MX paid respects to their deceased star striker Christian "Chucho" Benitez, in the game against Atlas on August 3rd, 2013.

The body of Christian Benítez arrived in Ecuador on Thursday around 2pm local time for a last farewell and a second autopsy to confirm what had been reported by doctors in Qatar. The autopsy performed in his home country revealed that the striker didn't have a chance to survive and was destined to die. President of the Ecuadorian Football Federation, Luis Chiriboga, revealed that Benítez had a problem in his coronary artery that could had only been detected once death with an autopsy. 

The results of the second autopsy dismiss the allegations that the Ecuadorian had died because of medical negligence, being that people in Ecuador were blaming the hospital in Qatar where he had arrived to be treated. The general belief in Ecuador was that the information coming from Qatar was unreliable and people questioned whether enough had been done to save the life of Christian Benítez. 

Chirigoba also pointed out that the dead body of Benítez arrived in great condition for the second autopsy to take place in Ecuador, proving that authorities in Qatar did care about what was going on. In the end, what first seemed like the tragic death of an agonizing foreigner in a far away land has now been confirmed as the story of an inevitable death of a hero turned into legend like so many others who have died young.


Ecuador striker Christian Benítez died of a heart attack, his Qatari club El-Jaish confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

Benitez had died suddenly in Qatar on Monday at the age of 27.

"The official medical reports... (received by El-Jaish) stated that the sudden death was caused by heart failure," said a club statement.

"(The club) will transfer the body of the late player to Ecuador immediately after finishing all legal procedures which are applied in the state of Qatar," it said.

"The family and wife of the late Benítez will also be transferred to attend the funeral ceremony," it said, promising that "farewell and transfer of the body will be at the highest level that meets the late player's name and reputation."

Benítez, who was top scorer in the Mexican league last season with Club América, had just signed for the Qatari outfit and had traveled to the club to undergo a medical before completing his move.

Benítez was considered a key part of Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda's Ecuador team that is hoping to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil, sitting third in the South American qualifying group.