LISBON: Benfica’s Hungarian striker Miklos Feher (pic) died of natural causes and not because he had taken drugs it was announced on Tuesday by the Justice Department.
The 24-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack during the Jan 25 Portuguese Premier League clash between Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes.
“The death of Miklos Feher was certainly due to a heart attack,” the Justice Department was quoted in a statement by the national press agency Lusa following the definitive results of an autopsy.
“The blood tests revealed no signs of alcohol, drugs, doping agents, or anabolic steroids,” the statement added.
As a result of the findings the case has been closed.
The results of the autopsy mirror the comments made by unnamed doctors in February when they told local newspaper Jornal de Noticias preliminary results of tissue samples indicated he suffered from a congenital heart deformity, which had not been detected during medicals carried out by the various clubs he played for.
Feher was stretchered off the field after he collapsed, taken to hospital where he was treated for a heart attack but died shortly afterwards.
As an autopsy performed a day after his death was inconclusive, doctors removed tissue samples from the player so they could carry out a second more exhaustive autopsy.
Benfica’s medical team have said the player underwent exhaustive medical tests, including an electrocardiogram on his heart and drugs testing, just one month before his death and nothing unusual was found.
Feher moved to Portugal in 1998 from Hungary’s Gyor Eto to play for FC Porto when he was just 18.
He was signed by Benfica in 2002 after loan spells at Salgueiros and Braga and had scored seven goals for Hungary in 25 internationals.
Feher’s death has raised concerns that First Division footballers are being overloaded with multiple competitions. – AFP