August 28th, 2007

Antonio Puerta: Rest in Peace


We saw the footage of Antonio’s collapse on the pitch, and have struggled to get the horror and sadness of it out of our minds ever since.

Antonio and his girlfriend were expecting a child next month. 

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.

Link: Sevilla’s Puerta Dies After Collapse

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14 Responses to “Antonio Puerta: Rest in Peace”

  1. brandy says:

    I saw the footage too Kickette… I really wish I hadn’t, it’s been with me since. It was too much of a real meeting with death. And then to see him walk off the field on his own… He was young and vibrant and exuded health…
    All my prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues, and especially with his wife and unborn child. It is just heartbreaking.
    What kind of medical exams are these players being submitted to? How can a sports doctor not notice a heart abnormality?! Maybe time to re-evaluate these “medicals”…
    Descansa en paz…

  2. il est avec moi says:

    This is much tragedy.And he died on Ray jones’s birthday.Jones was going to be 19… downer

  3. carly says:

    It was so horrible watching that. Especially after he got up and walked to the locker-room…it’s unbelievably sad.
    May he rest in peace.

  4. Becca x says:

    R.I.P Antonio.
    All My Love And Deepest Sympathy To His Family And Friends x

  5. Shakira says:

    Tragic loss and so young. My prayers go out to his family, his unborn son who will never know his daddy and the club. Too much tragedy in football this past week. RIP

  6. Tres Bien says:

    A little add…

    I just saw pictures of the streets of Sevilla lined with thousands of not only Sevilla fans, but Betis fans and others.  Also, his coffin and the Sevilla squad/staff as his paulbearers. 

    The Spanish department of sport will also present his family with a gold medal of merit.  It is absolutely fitting that this Friday’s Supercup will be held in his honor.

  7. Tres Bien says:

    May God bless his soul and watch over his family. 

    And it’s now 3- a player passed away in Israel on the training pitch today.  I really hope that there aren’t any more tragedies.

  8. S A R A H ;; says:

    Rest In Peace Antonio x
    We Will Be Thinking Of Your Family At This Sad Time :(

    Two Footballers Lives Lost In One Week :( It Has Been A Very Sad Week x

    Deepest Sympathy x

  9. Robin says:

    It was genetic – had to be. I had a friend who died of a heart attack at 30 (after spending a weekend skiing and loving life) and there was just nothing anyone could do about it. No warning, nothing. Sometimes it’s just your time. I feel for his girlfriend and the baby.

  10. Cate says:

    There’s something perverted in watching a man die. En masse. Being able to call it up whenever. There’s something inherently unnatural about that. That’s basically what I was thinking when I You Tubed the video.

    He was expecting a kid, just a kid himself. And he’d collapsed before and they couldn’t figure it out, too. That’s the worst part.

  11. Helena says:

    To lose one’s life at such a young age is so tragic. My heartfelt sympathies go to his family and friends

    All this after the death of QPR striker Ray Jones who died in a car crash aged just 18 last week.

    A sad, sad week in football..

  12. tammyv says:

    It was so sad to watch live.. I had on the game and went to walk the dog. When I left some kid was getting double yellow carded and I came back to see this kid collaps.  It reminded me so much of JT in the Carling Cup final. 

    God bless him, his family, friends and fans.  Such a loss at such a young age but at least he died doing what he loved.

  13. RedGirl says:

    God! I felt so bad when I saw it on the news… He was so young
    A really big loss…

    Descansa en Paz Antonio…

  14. liverpoolchick says:

    such a loss, he was so young.Deepest sympathy to his family.
    Rest In Peace.