Tragedy in Italy: basketball player died after cardiac arrest in a game

Tragedy in Italy: basketball player died after cardiac arrest in a game
Haitem Fathallah played for Fortitudo Messina since 2016 – Photo: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP / Getty Images

Mourning, this is how basketball is in Italy for Haitem Fathallah, player of the Series C Gold (Third Italian category), who died in a hospital after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest during his team’s game, the Fortitudo Messina, against Reggio Calabria.

Fathallah went into cardiac arrest in the third quarter and fell to the ground. The game was immediately interrupted, and the player was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, doctors could not save his life, reported the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP).

“The President of the IFJ, Giovanni Petrucci, on a personal level and interpreting the emotions of Italian basketball, embraces incredulous and shares the Condolences from the Fathallah family on the death of Haitem, player of Fortitudo Messina, during the match of the Serie C Gold against Pierre RC,“ Communicated the IFJ.

Born in Agrigento, south of Sicily, Fathallah played in Messina since 2016, after a stage with Porto Empedocle, Racalmuto and Licata. He was 32 years old, according to EFE.