Hereford & Worcester

Hereford footballer died from blocked artery, tests reveal

A floodlit football pitch
Image caption Rui Mario Raimundo collapsed during a six-a-side football match

The death of a six-a-side footballer from Hereford was due to heart failure, a post-mortem has revealed.

Rui Mario Raimundo, 36, who was born in Germany but lived in Tupsley, was playing in a football match at Hereford Academy on Thursday when he collapsed.

He died at Hereford Hospital a few hours later.

A spokesperson for the Hereford Coroner's office said a post-mortem had revealed Mr Raimundo was suffering from a blocked artery.

She added they would not be carrying out further investigations.

Mr Raimundo is believed to have played only a few times for the team, Inter Yanan, in a weekly competition involving 30 sides.

Craig Davies, general manager of Pitch Invasion, a national organisation which organises the tournament, said players would hold a one minute silence as a mark of respect to Mr Raimundo and the match fees would be donated to his family.

He said: "Pitch Invasion's thoughts go out to the player's family and friends."

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