Ex-Birmingham striker and Spurs transfer target Christian Benitez dies

Posted by - July 29, 2013 - Birmingham, South America, Swansea, Tottenham, Transfer News and Gossip

Former on-loan Birmingham striker Christian Benitez had died.

The 27-year-old, linked with a possible move to Tottenham or Swansea earlier this month, passed away this morning, his agent confirmed.

Media reports in his native Ecuador claim the player, known by his nickname ‘Chucho’, died from cardiopulmonary arrest, possibly caused by complications related to appendicitis. Some news outlets are suggesting he died in a car accident and the details are still emerging at this stage.

The Ecuador international completed a £10m move from Club América to Qatari side El Jaish on July 7. Days earlier he had been linked with a move to Spurs or Swansea.

He died without having played a game for his new club, who posted a message of condolence on Twitter.

More to follow.

  • Neil

    RIP thoughts with your family and friends at this sad time!