Former Ecuadorean international and Mexican league soccer star Christian "Chucho" Benitez died Monday morning in Qatar after going into cardiorespiratory arrest.
The 27-year-old, who signed with Qatari club Al Jaish less than a month ago, died in a hospital after being admitted with a severe stomach ache. Hours earlier he had made his Al Jaish debut in the Sheikh Jassem Cup.
According to the player's father-in-law, the stomach pains were the result of complications relating to appendicitis. The disease then became peritonitis before leading to respiratory arrest.
Benítez, who played for Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup, came to Al Jaish from Mexico's Club America earlier this month. He had also played with Ecuadorean club El Nacional, Mexico's Santos Laguna and Birmingham of the English Premier League, scoring 140 goals in 303 club matches on three continents.