In memory of those who "died suddenly" in Ireland, Germany, Spain and Greece, May 17-23
Vangelis (and an unnamed 43-year-old) in Greece; two noted fiction writers (and a sports journalist) in Spain; a national basketball player (and a 52-year-old father of five) in Germany; and more
A 16-year-old boy “died suddenly”:
Tributes paid after death of young Wexford student, 16, who was 'incredibly kind' and 'a true adventurer'
May 18, 2022
An Irish community is in mourning after the sad death of a young man in recent days. 16-year-old Lee Nolan, from Ballymurn in Co Wexford, passed away unexpectedly last Friday.
Tributes have been pouring in for the fifth year student of St Mary's CBS secondary school in Enniscorthy, with his family, friends and members of the local community shocked over his death. Lee has been described as "incredibly kind" and "a wonderful young man who touched the lives of those around him".
No cause of death reported.
Ademola Okulaja: Former national basketball player dies at 46
May 17, 2022
Longtime national basketball team captain Ademola Okulaja died in Berlin at the age of 46. This was announced by the German Basketball Federation (DBB) on Tuesday evening. There is no information on the cause of death so far.
“We are shocked and simply cannot believe Ademola’s death. Our thoughts are now with his family, who we wish a lot of strength,” said DBB President Ingo Weiss. “Ademola was a great player as well as a person. Personally, I lost a great basketball friend and will miss him dearly.”
Better known as “The Warrior”, Okulaja was one of the most influential faces in German basketball and the emotional leader of the national team for years. The Nigerian made his debut in the jersey with the eagle in May 1995 in Weert, the Netherlands. His greatest success was winning the bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships in the USA alongside superstar Dirk Nowitzki. In all, Okulaja, who recovered from cancer diagnosed in 2008, won 172 international matches and captained the team for several years.
Father of five, 52, dies in parking lot
Prenzlau - "I don't want any sympathy, that won't bring my husband and the father of my five children back either." With these words begins the story of Nadine Neumann, who lost her husband horribly on Monday.
The couple was on their way to Neubrandenburg. "My husband wanted to drive me to a doctor's appointment," said the 46-year-old. Suddenly he had a coughing attack. "He said, now the mucus is finally coming off. I suggested stopping in a parking lot on Neubrandenburger Strasse and coughing properly.” Her husband then got out and vomited. "Heiko was drenched in sweat, I knew straight away that something couldn't be right. He could hardly breathe."
She quickly dialed 911 on her cell phone. The rescue center immediately sent an RTW and the emergency doctor. "He was still conscious then, but his lips were already turning blue. The man at the emergency room said if it got worse put him on his side and call again. He assured me that the rescuers were on their way," said the mother of five.
"Heiko's breath got worse and worse. I asked a lady for help, unfortunately her garbage can was more important to her than helping me. My husband collapsed and lost consciousness. I put him in the recovery position and screamed for help..."
But in vain, as she described. "The door was also open at the company based there, they must have heard me," she says in despair. "My husband then stopped breathing, his heart stopped," she describes the dramatic minutes in which she felt left alone. "I rolled him onto his back and began CPR - until the ambulance took over..."
After 45 minutes of hope, the 52-year-old was pronounced dead. A pulmonary embolism is believed to have caused the cardiac arrest. “My husband, who has been diabetic for many years, was fine when we got in the car. Otherwise he would never have gone with me. The emergency doctor confirmed that the sugar levels were also okay.”
“Died suddenly” while swimming:
Fatal swimming accident in Swiss Lake Constance
May 22, 2022
The Thurgau cantonal police are currently investigating the cause of a fatal swimming accident in Berlingen on Lake Constance. A 65-year-old woman died there last Saturday. According to the police, the woman went swimming in Lake Constance shortly after 4 p.m. and suddenly floated motionless in the water. She was recovered and brought ashore by divers who happened to be present. Divers and rescue services tried to revive the woman, but without success.
No cause of death reported.
Two writers “died suddenly”:
Spanish novelist Domingo Villar dies aged 51 after suffering a stroke
May 18, 2022
Domingo Villar, 51, the Spanish writer who penned the ‘Inspector Leo Caldas’ crime novels, has died after being placed in a coma at Cunqueiro Hospital, in Spain’s northwest coast city of Vigo on Monday, May 16.
Known as one of the most recognised Galician writers, Domingo Villar sadly passed away on Wednesday, May 18 after spending a couple of nights in ICU following a stroke.
Villar burst onto the Spanish book scene in 2006 with ‘Ojos de agua’, which followed the character of Inspector Leo Caldas. Three years later, Villar released ‘La playa de los ahogados’ which was later made into a film by Gerardo Herrero, and starred Carmelo Gómez.
It took ten years for another book, but in 2019, fans were treated to the long-awaited return of Domingo Villar, who released ‘The Last Ship’ – which concluded the Inspector Leo Caldas series. The series has been translated into more than 15 languages and has won a large number of awards, including the Novelpol award on two occasions, the Antón Losada Diéguez, the Sintagma Award, the Brigada 21 Award, the Frei Martín Sarmiento Award, Book of the Year from the Federation of Galician Booksellers.
The Valladolid writer Pablo Rodríguez Burón dies at the age of 41
May 19, 2022
The writer and professor Pablo Rodríguez Burón (Valladolid, 1980) died this Thursday at the age of 41. He was currently working as a teacher of Spanish for foreigners at Clic International House Seville, a city to which he moved in 2006. Under the pseudonym Leo Mares, he published the short story books 'The tales of Leo Mares' (2007) and 'The embrace of stone' (2008) and in 2016 he dared with a "futuristic dystopia", edited by Ultramarina, which he titled 'Turistia'. The novel explored 'turismofobia'. "The entire country has been sold to a corporation that forces the inhabitants to live in hotels, like tourists, with the right to three meals a day in exchange for their work," he explained.
No cause of death reported.
“Died suddenly” while running:
A 24-year-old runner dies in a half marathon in honor of his relative
May 22, 2022
The local athlete, a regular sportsman, had already shown, according to some consulted versions, clear symptoms of facing the final stretch in poor condition, to end up collapsing a few meters from covering the more than 21 kilometers of routes.
The deceased was a relative of the athlete to whom tribute was paid, for the first time in this emblematic popular event and which will also give its name to the future velodrome of the Leonese town that is about to be inaugurated.
After collapsing, according to the aforementioned sources of the organization, he was treated immediately in a matter of seconds, both by those responsible for Civil Protection, and by the members of the Sacyl Basic Life Support present at the test.
Despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempts, at no time did the athlete respond to them, so despite being transferred by a medical helicopter, he lost his life in the place where he was treated without being able to be moved as his condition did not stabilize.
Cuatrecasas partner Ricardo Echevarría, 57, dies
May 23, 2022
Ricardo Echevarría de Rada, Cuatrecasas partner and member of its board of directors, died suddenly on Friday May 20, aged 57. Ricardo Echevarría, expert in public and private works contracts and in advising businesses from the real estate sector, was a partner at the firm for over 21 years and a member of the firm’s board of directors since June 2019.
During his many years practicing law, he participated in many transactions to sell shopping centers, office and industrial buildings, and hotel complexes. A member of the Madrid Bar Association, he also participated in different court and arbitration proceedings related to his field of specialty.
A spokesperson from the firm said: “It is with shock and deep sadness that we announce the sudden loss of our partner and friend Ricardo Echevarría de Rada. We will all sorely miss his kind demeanor, his wise advice, his calm approach to any challenge, and his frank smile. We have lost an exceptional lawyer. May he rest in peace and live long in memory.”
No cause of death reported.
Reported on May 13:
Sports journalist Iván Álvarez dies at the age of 30: his body was found on a beach in Asturias
May 13, 2022
The world of sports journalism is in mourning. Iván Álvarez Pericón, journalist and editor of the newspaper 'El Comercio', has died at the age of 30. The news has been confirmed by the media outlet where the communication professional worked. According to the Asturian newspaper, the lifeless body of the young man was found on Wednesday, May 11, on the beach of San Cristóbal, in the Asturian council of Valdés.
Apparently, the last time Iván Álvarez Pericón was seen alive was during the night of Tuesday, May 10. It was some of the residents of the Asturian town who saw the journalist walking along the paths of the municipality that lead to the lighthouse in the area.
Seeing that the night passed and that the young man did not arrive at his house, his own parents were the ones who notified the Civil Guard denouncing the disappearance of the Asturian editor. As soon as they became aware of his disappearance, the Benemérita agents launched a device to find the young man's whereabouts.
In this search device, the civil guards were working with thermal cameras to try to find the young man. However, it was early in the morning of Wednesday, May 11, when a raid was organized between the residents and volunteers of the town to try to find the whereabouts of the young man.
His own father was the one who identified the body of the 30-year-old after carrying the lifeless body of Iván Álvarez Pericón to the Luarca pier.
The journalist's funeral was held at the Barcia funeral home. Relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers of the 30-year-old went to the place.
According to 'El Comercio', the Valdesana town of Busto was totally shocked by this unexpected death.
"We still don't get the idea. We don't understand what could have happened to him. It's a tragedy. The whole town is shocked," one of the neighbors told the media.
Reported on May 15:
“Died suddenly” at a judo competition:
Tragedy as young judo athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest
May 15, 2022
David Gomez Flores a young athlete from Mexico, died of sudden cardiac arrest at a University judo competition, as reported by his University on Sunday, May, 15.
“We regret to inform you that David Gómez Flores, U de G student and university judoka, passed away during the University Judo competition. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and coaches”, read a tweet posted on the death of the young athlete caused by sudden cardiac arrest.
“During his individual participation in the Mac of 100 kilograms, suffered cardiorespiratory arrest. The athlete received CP from the medical by the medical personnel who were at the venue of the competition.”
“Subsequently, he was transferred by ambulance to the Specialty Medical Centre, where he was admitted to to the intensive care unit, where he finally died.”
Vangelis Dies: ‘Chariots Of Fire’, ‘Blade Runner’ Composer Was 79
May 19, 2022
Athens, Greece - Vangelis, whose instantly recognizable musical theme for 1981’s Chariots of Fire won an Oscar and became a sort of aural shorthand for tales of endurance and triumph, has died, according to his representatives. He was 79.
His assistant Lefteris Zermas has confirmed the death but did not provide a specific cause, saying only that Vangelis died in a hospital in France. Greek newspaper OT is reporting that Vangelis was being treated for Covid-19.
Born Evangelos Odessey Papathanassiou in Greece, the composer and musician known worldwide simply as Vangelis, combined orchestral music, electronic synth sounds, jazz and ambient to create a then-new sound for the film that seemed to provide the musical equivalent of the ocean waves that crashed as the story’s Olympic runners sprinted down the beach.
The doctors in this case apparently contrived a COVID diagnosis to explain away a sudden and untimely death, by pulmonary embolism, that may have been brought on by “vaccination”:
Thessaloniki: The post-mortem of the 43-year-old who died in the chair of Papanikolaou [Hospital] showed suspicion of pulmonary embolism
May 20, 2022
The results of the histopathological and toxicological examinations are expected to shed light on the causes of death of the 43-year-old man who left his last breath in the early hours of April 1 in a chair outside the emergency room of Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki, shortly after his discharge. received from the hospital.
As stated to protothema.gr by the technical advisor of the victim's family, Dimitris Galenteris, the mechanism of death is still under investigation and the necropsy revealed the suspicion of a pulmonary embolism. However, the results of histopathological and toxicological examinations are what will form a complete picture.
"It is a fact that the man left the hospital and was allowed to return home without being diagnosed with his condition," said the experienced medical examiner, explaining that in no case is it prescribed by the ICU protocol that the patient can leave the hospital without a diagnosis, especially since the 43-year-old insisted that he was in pain and that he needed medical treatment.
According to information from protothema.gr, the "Papanikolaou" hospital is expected to submit a very detailed report to the Ministry of Health and the 3rd Health District, which will explain what happened on Friday night and Saturday, April 2. According to the record made in the books of the ICU, it seems that the patient was admitted and that the doctors judged that he did not have a problem, nor were there any reasons for further examinations. As a result, he was asked to leave, ending up in a hospital chair two hours later.
At the same time, the administration of "Papanikolaou" has requested that the on-call programs be checked and an internal investigation has been launched into the death incident.
According to protothema.gr, his brother, Andreas Kampakas, who describes the last two hours of the unfortunate 43-year-old's life, did not expect that from the pain he felt in his leg that day, they would end up seeing him in his morgue. hospital for identification.
"They did not even take his blood pressure or measure his oxygen. In such an event the satiety he felt would be seen. His lungs can not turn so much, as our technical consultant Dimitris Galenteris says, in such a short time. "If they saw the saturation, they would understand that they had to give him oxygen."
It all happened on the night of Friday, April 1, when Menelaos Kampakas started suffering from leg pain. He immediately notified Andreas's brother, who was outside Thessaloniki.
"Everything that we live and that has happened is tragic, because my brother left really helpless, as no one paid attention to him. He called an ambulance to be transported to the emergency room and ended a few hours later, when they found him dead, to put him in a bag "he says indignantly and adds:" Menelaos felt unbearable pain in his leg. He called me around 22:30 and informed me. I told him to call an ambulance because I was out at that time and to go to the hospital. Indeed, at 23:00 he called 166 and half an hour later they picked him up and transported him to the "Papanikolaou" hospital around 23:45. There a surgeon examined him and told him "you are fine, you are leaving". This according to the papers that have the doctor's signature happens at 12:30. But he was in pain, he knew something was wrong and he told the doctor "I'm not leaving". "Instead of initiating the procedures and examining him, the doctor considered it right to call the hospital security guard to take him out."
With the pain continuing to be intense, the 43-year-old manages to get out of the emergency room, but refuses to leave the hospital: "They left the emergency room with the security guard, but my brother did not want to leave the hospital, so sit in a chair outside. Finally, where he was sitting, he died around 2:00 in the morning, according to the technical consultant of the medical examiner, who we have appointed Dimitris Galenteris. It is important that he was found dead the next morning around 11:30. I wonder if no one went through so many hours to see him or no one paid attention to him? "
The 43-year-old had no health problems. "Menelaos did not have health problems, but apparently we lost him due to thrombosis. He was 43 years old and could have been saved. I found out about his death when I was called by the police to go for identification. After six hours they allowed us to see him because after his death he was found, they say, positive for the coronavirus. With a thousand efforts they left us and we saw him and finally with a prosecutor's paper the examination for the virus was ordered again. The hospital did not want to examine him again, with the result that the prosecutor ordered his removal from the hospital. In the new examination that was done to him five days later, it turned out that he did not have a coronavirus ".
As Andreas Kampakas explains, the 43-year-old had not had time to start his own family, while he loved nature: "He did not have his own family but we were always together. He worked for me, I had him with me. He liked to take his bike and go to the mountains to sit. He was a man of company, good food and nature. "Nobody deserves this end."