Cardiac Related Sudden Deaths in Sport

Cormac McAnallen (24)

Irish Gaelic football player who died from an undetected heart condition


Patrick Dinsmore (16)

Gaelic footballer who died on the pitch due to an undetected heart condition.


Richard Butcher (29)

English professional football player died at his home in Swinton. His death had been caused by the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia.


Gaines Adams (26)

American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) died unexpectedly at home from a previously undetected heart condition.


Bobsam Elejiko (30)

Nigerian born football player who collapsed and died while playing for K. Merksem S.C.


D. Venkatesh (25)

Footballer who came on as a substitute and collapsed toward the end of the game. Reports suggested cardiac arrest as the cause of death.


Reggie Lewis (27)

An American professional basketball player for the NBA’s Boston Celtics. He suffered sudden cardiac death on the basketball court.


Hank Gathers (23)

An American college basketball star at Loyola Marymount University who collapsed and died during a game.


Piermario Morosini (25)

Italian soccer player died after cardiac arrest during a match.


Alexander Dale Oen (26)

World champion swimmer died after having a heart attack as he showered at a training camp in Arizona.


Victor Brannstrom (29)

Swedish footballer died after suspected cardiac arrest in a league match. Victor scored a goal just before collapsing.


Neil Desai (22)

World ranked Squash player, died in his sleep whilst on holiday.


Phil O’Donnell (35)

Footballer, captain of Motherwell, died during a match against Dundee Utd in the Scottish Premier League.


Anton Reid (16)

Trainee footballer at Walsall, died whilst training.


Matt Gadsby (27)

Footballer for Hinckley United, collapsed and died on the pitch whilst playing against Harrogate Town.


John Ibbotson (27)

Professional cyclist and cycling coach who died due to a heart abnormality that simply caused the heart to stop beating.


Parvez Mirza (24)

Cricketer, just signed for Worcestershire, died in his sleep.


Laura Moss (13)

Junior Swimmer on the elite Olympic Swim 2000 squad, died warming up at a school swimming gala.


Jason Erics (17)

Footballer, junior trainee at Spurs, died after sledging in the snow with friends.


John Marshall (16)

Junior International Footballer at the National Football School of Excellence, Lilleshall, died suddenly the day he was due to join Everton.


Daniel Yorath (15)

Footballer, just signed for Leeds, died playing football in the garden with his Dad.


Michael Richards (24)

Champion Heavyweight Boxer, died after a training run.


David Longhurst (25)

Footballer for York City, died during a televised match.


Andy Hornby (23)

International Bodybuilder, died during a Mr. England contest.


Owen Povey (18)

Tennis player, died after a coaching session.


Adrian Hawkins (22)

Cyclist, just shortlisted for the Barcelona Olympics cycling squad, died two weeks later, immediately after winning a major race.


Ian Bell (16)

Footballer, just signed for Hartlepool, died during a game.


Robert Hayley (17)

Rower, died watching television, shortly after (as a junior) winning a senior rowing competition with Steven Redgrave.