A Cuban Olympic Judo Wrestler has died following breast enhancement surgery — she was 34 years old.
The Cuban Sports University announced Maricet Espinosa Gonzalez’s death on Facebook, stating that friends and fans were in “great pain” and “in mourning” at the news of her death.
An excerpt from the university statement read: “On behalf of our teachers, workers, and students we extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.”
Fox News reported that Gonzalez passed away earlier this week — apparently from a heart attack experienced shortly after she underwent breast enhancement surgery on January 21.
The athlete was a 10-year member of Cuba’s national team.
Gonzalez was a native of Arroyo Naranjo — her nickname was “La Mole.” Her illustrious athletic career included being a national champion, taking fifth place in the World Championships in 2011, winning Silver at the 2016 Olympic games, and winning the Pan American Champion twice before her retirement in 2017.
Her death follows reports of several other young athletes dying in recent days.
Last week, Canadian national champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber, 29, and NFL linebacker Ronald Powell, 32, were reported dead. Information on the cause of death has not yet been released.
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