Matsuda loses fight for life after heatstroke

Former Japan international Naoki Matsuda, who suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest during training on Tuesday, died Thursday. He was 34.

The 2002 World Cup defender had been in a critical condition after collapsing Tuesday during practice with Japan Football League club Matsumoto Yamaga.

The 34-year-old Matsuda collapsed with suspected heatstroke after a warm-up run on Tuesday morning but was later confirmed to have suffered cardiopulmonary arrest. He was unconscious on his arrival at hospital and showed no response to heart massage.

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Former Japan national defender Matsuda in hospital after collapse

Club officials say former Japan defender Naoki Matsuda collapsed during training after suffering a cardiopulmonary arrest.

The 34-year-old Matsuda was unconscious when he arrived at a hospital Tuesday and has been on an artificial cardiopulmonary unit, Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club team officials say.

His condition was “extremely severe,” club president Hiroshi Otsuki said, according to doctors.

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