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Benitez died of heart failure, Qatari club says

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Qatari club El Jaish says Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died of heart failure.

The club released a statement Wednesday with the cause of death, but provided no further details. Benitez died Monday, the day after playing his first match for the club. The finding comes a day after Ecuadorean football chief Luis Chiriboga said the player had been taken to a hospital with sharp stomach pains, developed peritonitis and died of cardiorespiratory arrest.

The club also says it plans to hold a ceremony before it sends Benitez's body to Ecuador on a private plane. A funeral was planned for Thursday in Quito and a tribute in the General Ruminahui coliseum.