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Estrella Martín Rasco, a 14-year-old Spanish soccer player, died shortly after team soccer practice.
She went to sleep after practice, but never woke up, according to her parents. The cause of her death is unknown.
Rasco was a member of both the Andalusian under-15 team and the soccer team Sporting Club de Huelva.
Luto en el futbol español. Estrella Martín, jugadora del Sporting Club de Huelva falleció esta mañana a los 15 años de edad de manera repentina. Estrella jugaba en la categoría cadete y era habitual en las convocatorias de la selección provincial sub-15 femenina. #QDEP 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/5DqDB5emrd
— Ellas en el Deporte (@EllasDeporte) January 27, 2023
Descansa en paz Estrella ✨ pic.twitter.com/9aiNHWPY5H
— SportsHuelva (@SportsHuelva) January 25, 2023
The Sporting Club de Huelva put out a statement saying that “The Sporting Club de Huelva deeply regrets to announce the death this morning of our player Estrella Martín Rasco in her native Ayamonte.”
“A member of our youth ranks, the player, a cadet player, and a regular member of the U-15 women’s national team, left us today in her hometown of Ayamonte, leaving a deep sorrow in her family, friends, and the whole club.”
Real Madrid wrote a message on Twitter, “Real Madrid, its president, and its Board of Directors deeply regret the passing of Estrella Martín, @sportinghuelva’s youth-team player.”
“The club wishes to express its condolences and affection to her family, her teammates, her club, and her loved ones. Rest in peace.”
Real Madrid, its president and its Board of Directors deeply lament the passing of Estrella Martín, @sportinghuelva's youth-team player. The club wishes to express its condolences and affection to her family, her teammates, her club and her loved ones. Rest in peace.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 26, 2023
Yep, All normal. A football player Marvelous Onanefe Johnson from Malaga, Spain, who was only 13 years old, died suddenly last week after collapsing during a game. The cause of death is currently unknown and still waiting for an autopsy pic.twitter.com/ovHmbdNuPQ
— Lisa Marie (@Lisamarie1577) December 18, 2022
Manuela Romero,the president of Sporting Huelva, wrote, “There are no words to comfort family and friends. All my support and strength are for them.”
“Fly high, Estrella. You will always be the light that guides us. RIP, little one.”