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.
Eljaish management extends their sincere condolenses to the family of the late football player,Christian Benitez who passed away today
— Eljaish Sports Club (@EljaishSC) July 29, 2013
More to follow.