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In memory of those who "died suddenly" in Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus, May 10-16
An Irish actor, a French scientist, a Swiss chef, a journalist, a cyclist and a novelist in Spain, a soccer star in Portugal, a second German boxer to "die suddenly" this year, and all too many more
Fair City and BBC actor dies suddenly after short illness
May 16, 2022
A former 'Fair City' and BBC's 'The Tudors' actor died suddenly over the weekend after a short illness. Donie (Donal) Courtney, from Killarney, graduated from Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting in 1991 and studied an MA in Theatre Practice in Maynooth.
The 52-year-old had an eventful acting career, featuring in 'The Tudors', 'Fair City', 'Acceptable Risk', 'Maru' and 'Cutting Grass'. He also appeared in many plays, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest', 'Philadelphia, here I come!', 'The Man from Clare' and 'Waiting for Godot'.
He is survived by his wife Adeline and two children.
No cause of death reported.
French scientist leading nuclear fusion project dies at 72
May 14, 2022
Paris — Bernard Bigot, a French scientist leading a vast international effort to demonstrate that nuclear fusion can be a viable source of energy, has died. He was 72.
The organization behind the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, said Bigot died Saturday from an unspecified illness. The organization’s director general since March 2015, Bigot was approaching the midway point of his second term, due to end in 2025.
An ITER statement described his death as “a tragic blow to the global fusion community.”
His deputy, Eisuke Tada, will take over leadership of the ITER project during the search for Bigot’s successor.
Unlike existing fission reactors that produce radioactive waste and sometimes catastrophic meltdowns, proponents of fusion say it offers a clean and virtually limitless supply of energy if scientists and engineers can harness it.
No cause of death reported.
Second German boxer to “die suddenly” this year:
Musa Yamak dead aged 38: German boxer collapses in ring and suffers heart attack in ninth pro fight
May 16, 2022
BOXER Musa Yamak has tragically died at 38 after collapsing in the ring and suffering a heart attack.
The unbeaten Turkish-born German fighter faced Hamza Wandera in his ninth professional bout on Saturday. Yamak took a heavy shot in the second round in a local show in Buergerhaus, Garching, near Munich. The light-heavyweight tried to come out for the third round but collapsed onto the floor and fell unconscious.
Yamak was later pronounced dead in the hospital after being diagnosed with having suffered a heart attack. According to BILD, after Yamak collapsed, medics rushed into the ring and the boxing event was cancelled.
After the fans left the arena, family members and helpers removed the ring ropes and moved chairs to clear the way for the ambulance. However, German police reported that paramedics were delayed by fans outside the venue. It was unclear whether the delayed rescue measures were responsible for Yamak's sad death.
His passing is the second recorded in the ring this year after Armenian-born Russian boxer Arrest Sahakyan passing in January.
Switzerland, chef Salvatore Scarpaci was found dead in the kitchen: he was originally from Falcone
May 10, 2022
Tragedy in Switzerland, where chef Salvatore Scarpaci was found dead in his kitchen after being struck by a sudden illness. A native of Falcone, Italy, his death took place just under three months after that of his colleague and friend Alessio Terranova.
Entrepreneur in the catering sector and emigrated to Switzerland for work reasons after the closure of the commercial activity "L'Officina del Gusto" in Contrada Belvedere, on the morning of Sunday 8 May 2022 he was found lying on the ground in the kitchen of the restaurant near Geneva where he worked as a chef since 2019.
According to the first reconstructions, it would seem that accused of a sudden illness and the help arrived promptly on the spot was useless.
The Swiss police have ordered the autopsy, necessary before the transfer of the body to Italy, which will be carried out by the end of this week. Salvatore leaves his wife and two children, who had joined him in Switzerland immediately after the young man's departure from Falcone.
The mayor Nino Genovese also spoke on the matter: “More pain, more tears. Another chef who leaves us due to a fulminant illness. A terrible news that saddened and left everyone astonished, but above all it destroyed the serenity of an esteemed family that proudly shared the professional satisfactions that Salvatore was taking”.
Austria, mother dies at home: her 4-year-old daughter watches over her for two days
May 12, 2022
The drama took place in Wels, near Linz, Austria. A 39-year-old woman died at home due to an illness that was forcing her to bed. The victim lived with her daughter, a 4-year-old girl. The Austrian police were alarmed by the girl's grandfather who had not heard from her granddaughter and daughter for days. Upon arriving at the scene, the rescuers and police did not receive any response from inside even though the 4-year-old girl was there.
Without much hesitation, they therefore broke down the door.
Once inside, the police found the little girl sitting next to the body of the deceased mother. The 4-year-old still hadn't realized what had happened and she thought her mother was just sleeping. The child's health conditions are excellent. At the moment the victim's daughter has been entrusted to an aunt.
As for the deceased woman, it is excluded that it could be suicide or murder, as the 39-year-old was ill. The discovery of the body dates back to Wednesday 11 May 2022, but according to the first investigations, the woman appears to have died on 8 May.
No cause of death reported.
Cyclist Ernesto Escolano dies in the Titan Desert after suffering a heart injury
May 10, 2022
The Spaniard Ernesto Escolano (Sabiñánigo, Huesca, 50 years old) died this Tuesday at the Mohammed VI University Hospital in Marrakech as a result of the heart injury suffered during the second stage of the Titan Desert, played on Monday between Merzouga and Ksar Jdaid, a hard day of intense heat and with 102 kilometers of travel. The Aragonese runner, number 521, required emergency medical assistance in the second stage, at km 82, where he was treated by the track health team, who applied first aid to stabilize him.
He was then transferred by helicopter to the Mohammed VI University Hospital Center in Marrachech, where, a little later, he died despite medical efforts, explains the statement from the organization of the Titan Desert. Ernesto Escolano competed in the Master 50 category and wore the Krypteia jersey. He finished the first stage of the Titan Desert in 357th place with a time of 6:35:28. From the organization, as well as the participants, medical team, sponsors, journalists and the entire race capsule that accompanies the test, they convey their condolences and affection to his family and friends.
Three years later, the Titan puts on the mourning bow again for the death of a participant. On April 29, 2019, the also Spanish Fernando Civera, 46, died in the middle of the stage due to "heart failure" during the second stage. The cyclist was in a "complicated area of dunes, outside the usual area marked by navigation devices", at kilometer 55 of the second stage, which was held between Merzouga and Ouzina, of 105 kilometers, the organization commented then Of the test.
Died of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2021:
Goodbye to Jesús Mariñas, the ‘enfant terrible’ of the pink press
May 10, 2022
The journalist Jesús Mariñas, ‘enfant terrible’ and pioneer of the gossip press in Spain, has died this Tuesday because of the bladder cancer he was suffering from and for which he had been admitted to the Ramón y Cajal hospital in Madrid since last March.
He was also editor of the Barcelona newspaper La Prensa.
In the autumn , he made public in the magazine Diez Minutos that he had bladder cancer and his condition worsened at the beginning of 2022. Since March 31 he has been admitted to the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, where he has been accompanied at all times by her [sic] husband, the Venezuelan photographer Elio Esteban Valderrama Prescott.
Reported on May 8:
Javier Abasolo, Bilbao lawyer and black novel writer, dies at 65
May 8, 2022
The Bilbao lawyer and black novel writer Javier Abasolo has died at the age of 65, the victim of an illness, sources close to the writer have reported. José Javier Abasolo (Bilbao, January 3, 1957), studied Law at Deusto and has worked for the Basque Government, although he was already in early retirement.
Manuel Abreu, former SC Braga player and native of Fafe, died at the age of 63
May 11, 2022
Manuel Abreu, born in Fafe and former SC Braga player, died this Wednesday at the age of 63 of a sudden illness.
In a statement, SC Braga “expresses its deep regret at the death” of the athlete who represented the club in the 1986/87 season, addressing “the deepest condolences to his family and friends, especially to his brother, Sérgio Abreu, athlete who represented our club from 1991 to 1999”.
Manuel Abreu was a prominent figure at the French club Stade de Reims, where he was a player (first between 1979-1983 and then 1993-1995) and coach (1995-2000). He represented other clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star and Nancy.
Manuel Abreu was in the Algarve when he suffered the sudden illness.
No cause of death reported.
A “vaccinated” 7-year-old died of “something sudden” (an infection likely carried by his parents’ air conditioning system, according to one of the doctors who treated him):
The parents of the 7-year-old who died in Hippocrates [Hospital] are shocked: 15 doctors in the emergency room could not save him
May 11, 2022
"Superhuman efforts were made by all the staff, it went out in two hours - We refuse to believe it was an air conditioner infection," they said in an interview.
Unspeakable tragedy for the parents of a 7-year-old boy in Thessaloniki [Greece], who was admitted to Ippokratio hospital with a high fever and ended up two and a half hours later in the hands of doctors.
Speaking to Mega they try to realize that from one moment to the next they lost the most valuable thing they had in life
"They tried to save the child, but he was not saved. He was bleeding from his nose, mouth and it ended up "said the father of the 7-year-old and added" hours ".
"In 4 hours I bury my child and in 15 days I would celebrate his birthday. It was something sudden, superhuman efforts were made by all the staff. While my child was dying, they did the impossible. "The child had no problem, it was something sudden," says the child's mother.
As the father of the 7-year-old pointed out at the hospital, the doctors informed them that the climate and the Legionnaires' disease were to blame for the child's death, however, as he himself stated, he refuses to believe it.
"As a first phase we were told that there was a germ, called a legion, and it was found in his blood. We were even told to take out the filters (air conditioning) we have in our homes. I do not believe that one in a billion is from this thing. "From such a germ, a child with such a strong immune system can not actually end up in four hours," explains the father.
It all started last Sunday with a persistent but very common in young children fever. "He had a mild fever on Sunday afternoon, on Monday he again had a fever higher around 38 - 38.5. "We took him to the pediatrician and he told us that it was probably gastroenteritis," says the father.
On Tuesday morning, the child was admitted to Hippocrates with unbearable pain, high fever and difficulty breathing. "On Tuesday morning when we got up the child was in unbearable pain in the shoulders, he could not breathe easily, we called an ambulance and he was taken to the Hippocratic Hospital," says the father of the 7-year-old.
"She came with a fever and a hemiplegic condition. "Doctors are fighting for two hours in the emergency room," said the president of the workers of Hippocrates, George Dontsios.
"More and more doctors were coming, at some point there were 15 doctors in the room. "They tried to save the child, but he was not saved," describes the father of the 7-year-old.
They intubate it but unfortunately they do not succeed. The child leaves his last breath in their hands.
"During resuscitation, he dropped satiety, hematocrit and after 2.5 hours of trying it was not possible to keep them alive," he said.
"What I can do is thank all the people in Hippocrates, from the commander to the doctor who took him from the emergency room and all the people who for 4 hours tried to keep my child alive," said the mother of the 7-year-old.
The sudden death of the 7-year-old came just a few days after the sudden death of 3-year-old Katerina who had entered Papageorgiou with a simple swelling in his leg and ended up in Hippocrates from a heart attack with the causes still unknown.
Speaking to Nikos Evangelatos, Spyros Mazanis, a pediatrician, noted that the evidence seems to be an acute infection.
"It seems to be an acute infection. "If we talk about legionnaires' disease, it is a thunderous bacterial infection of the respiratory tract, with a mortality of up to 30%".
As Mr. Mazanis explained, this germ is found in the stagnant waters of both air conditioners and piping, and when it finds the right conditions, it "wakes up" and infects humans.
The pediatrician said that the movements made by the 7-year-old's parents were correct after they took him directly to the doctor.
"There are infections and germs that can develop in 1-2 hours and be life threatening," he said.
Mourning for the sudden death of an 18-year-old in Katerini
May 12, 2022
The unfortunate young man felt unwell and was first treated at the General Hospital of Katerini and then at the Hippocrates of Thessaloniki, where unfortunately he left his last breath. The local community of Katerini is numb after the sad news of the sudden death of a young man, just 18 years old.
According to information, the unfortunate young man felt unwell and was first admitted to the General Hospital of Katerini and then to Ippokratio, Thessaloniki, where unfortunately he left his last breath.
Criminal action ruled out in sudden death of young Ukrainian woman in Limassol
May 10, 2022
Police have ruled out criminal action behind the sudden death of a 36-year-old Ukrainian woman who was found unconscious by her non-Cypriot husband in their Limassol home on Saturday.
A bruise on her neck area had raised concern but a post mortem carried out by two state pathologist in the presence of a private one have ruled out foul play.
Insiders said the woman who was found dead next to one of her two young children was taking various diet pills and food supplements and that the bruise could be from a recent face therapy.
Pathologists are carrying out additional tests to trace the exact cause of death of the young mother.
More on the Ukrainian woman found dead in Cyprus:
Svetlana Lavrinovich, publisher of L'Officiel Austria, died suddenly at 36
May 10, 2022
Svetlana Lavrinovich, publisher of L'Officiel Austria, L'Officiel Monaco and L'Officiel Cyprus, died suddenly at the age of 36 in Cyprus. Her husband announced this on Instagram. Now his profile and her profiles in social networks are closed, writes Insider.
He did not indicate the cause of death, it is only known that Svetlana did not wake up in the morning. “Our love and life Svetlana did not wake up yesterday morning. Farewell will take place on May 11, 2022 in Limassol, Cyprus. Rest in peace,” the husband of the deceased wrote.
Svetlana was the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of fashion glossy L'Officiel Austria, L'Officiel Monaco and L'Officiel Cyprus.
Little is known about Svetlana's personal life. She was not a public person despite her work, and her social media profiles were closed.
More is known about her husband, Maxim Lavrinovich. Maxim is the son of a former member of the Party of Regions Alexander Lavrinovich. Oleksandr was Minister of Justice of Ukraine in 2010-2013, Chairman of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine in 2013-2014.
The wedding of Maxim and Svetlana took place in 2013. The tabloids wrote a lot about her. According to rumors, more than a million hryvnias were spent on it. The couple got married in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, a plane with an advertising congratulatory banner took off into the sky, and parties were held in a restaurant on Parkovaya Alley and at the film.ua film studio in Troyeshchyna.