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Olympic Athlete Dead At 34 After Sudden Heart Attack

Maricet Espinoa Gonzalez, a former Judo champion and Olympian has tragically passed away from a heart attack during surgery.

The Olympian was allegedly undergoing a breast enlargement operation when they unfortunately suffered a heart attack.

Maricet was an accomplished athlete, winning many different Judo championships.

TMZ shares more on the tragic death:

It seems all too common for young athletes to pass away today.

The Daily Mail shares more:

While there, she defeated Nepal’s Phupu Lhamu Khatri in the first round of the women’s 63kg competition.

However, Gonzalez lost in the next round to Israel’s Yarden Gerbi, her most frequent opponent during her career.

She also won two silver medals at the continental judo Championships in 2016.

The news of Gonzalez’s death came after the Manuel Fajardo Cuban Sports University made a post on Facebook on Monday.

They wrote: ‘Cuban judo is in mourning. Maricet Espinosa González passed away. With great pain, the university community of Cuban sports receives the news of the death of the outstanding Cuban judoka.

‘At only 34 years old, ‘La mole’ (nickname by which the athlete was known)’.


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