A 21-year-old Greek soccer star has suffered a sudden massive heart attack mid-game and died in the stadium, according to reports.
Alexandros Lampis died after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch just five minutes into the game.
Medics said they were unable to resuscitate Lampis as there was no defibrillator or ambulance at the stadium.
Lampis was playing for a Greek third-tier team, Ilioupoli, when tragedy struck.
He collapsed at the First Municipal Stadium during a match on Wednesday, despite being a young, healthy athlete with no history of medical issues.
The venue is situated in a south-eastern suburb of Athens, the country’s capital, but an ambulance did not arrive for 20 minutes according to The Sun.
The match against Ermionida was abandoned following the traumatic incident.
Ilioupoli wrote on the club website: “Our Aleko, our friend, our brother, you left so unjustly.
“The whole team, the whole city is mourning today.
“The words do not come out… only an unbearable pain and a knot in the stomach.
“Have a good trip Alecara.”
There have also been a number of concerning incidents surrounding soccer players’ heart conditions since last summer.
Sergio Aguero was forced to retire after experiencing chest pains playing for Barcelona, shortly after his move from Manchester City.
The incident comes after the world watched in horror only eight months ago when Christian Eriksen collapsed suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.
The Danish team doctor, Morten Boesen, confirmed that the former Tottenham player had gone into cardiac arrest on the pitch and was brought back through a combination of CPR and an electric shock from a defibrillator.
This season, Wigan striker Charlie Wyke, 28, collapsed in training, Sheffield United’s John Fleck, 30, collapsed on the pitch at Reading and Adama Traore, 25, went down clutching his chest while playing in the Champions League for Sheriff Tiraspol against Real Madrid.
Icelandic midfielder Emil Palsson, 28, also required resuscitation after a cardiac arrest in October.
Football fans have also been dropping like flies in stadiums.
In the UK, during a recent Premier League match between Newcastle and Tottenham at St James’ Park, a fan collapsed in the stands and required emergency resuscitation after a heart attack.
READ MORE: Researchers Warn Cold Weather Causes Blood Clots and Heart Attacks