Alexander Kukarin: Russian athlete dies after suspected heart attack

Alexander Kukarin
Alexander Kukarin won his European Championships bronze medal in the mixed relay

Modern pentathlon world silver medallist Alexander Kukarin has died at the age of 22 following a suspected a heart attack.

The Russian athlete died on Thursday at a Moscow hotel, but the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation only released a statement on Monday.

"We did not find any signs that he had been attacked, while there were no suspicious signs," it said.

Kukarin also won the Russian Cup and a bronze at the European Championships.

The federation's statement added: "The athletes have finished their season and Alexander was not at a training camp. An unexpected cardiac arrest is our initial diagnosis."

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