A young fit and healthy Italian athlete has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack while out at dinner with friends in the Italian town of Torre Maina on Sunday, May 29th.
Gianmarco Verdi was one of the top athletes at the Atletica Frignano sports club, in 2018 he competed in the Cross-Country Student World Championships in Paris.
According to reports, the 21-year-old athlete collapsed on his side and became unconscious. Friends immediately called emergency services whilst a health worker who happened to be at the restaurant at the time, started CPR.
When paramedics arrived they were able to resuscitate Verdi and take him to a hospital in Baggiovara, however, he passed away not long after arriving at the hospital.
Atletica Frignano sports club paid tribute to Verdi on Facebook.
“Goodbye Giammi. Athletics Frignano will always remember you with this smile.”