Aug 25, 2022
SPANISH basketball clubs and fans are in mourning on Wednesday, August 24 following news that Dani Gómez, an 18-year-old player from the Peñas Huesca Basketball Club, has died suddenly and unexpectedly.
The news of Dani Gómez’s death was revealed by his club, Peñas Huesca Basketball Club – located in the north of the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain – late on Tuesday, August 23, however, tributes have continued to pour in for the young Spanish basketball player. “From C.B. Peñas Huesca we accompany in the immense pain of the family of our player Dani Gómez, who died at the age of 18,” the Spanish basketball club wrote. “We are absolutely devastated, with no possible consolation.
“Dani, you will always be in our hearts, we will never forget you.”
According to Spanish media reports, the young basketball player died of a sudden illness.
Huesca Football Club wrote: “We join in the enormous grief of the entire Peñista family, as well as that of their families and friends, at this difficult time.” One person wrote: “ I’m so sorry!! Love to your family!!”
“Dani Gómez has died at the age of 18 due to an illness. The young man was a youth player for Peñas Huesca. We join the mourning of Aragonese sport,” another wrote.
“The death of a player from the Peñas de Huesca youth team has caused desolation in the club. Dani Gómez, 18 years old, basketball player, has died suddenly. How long are we going to put up with this?” another person said.
On Facebook, Salesianos Huesca said: “Today is a very sad day in our House. We’ve received news of the passing of our beloved Dani Gomez, aged just 18. “With a heart shrinking with pain we want to send you the most intense hug to you and your entire family and friends. You won’t be forgotten. Thank you for all your joy, kindness and commitment. Rest in peace.”
Sadly, the death of the young Spanish basketball player following a worrying spate of deaths in young basketball players in recent months.
The young athlete attended the Bayside High School in New York City, New York.
“A Bayside High School athlete collapsed during conditioning and later passed away,” Bayside High School Principal Troy Walton said at the time. The death of both Mr Edwards and the teenager at the New York City schools follows the death of three young basketball players that rocked the US. On February 5, 15-year-old Preston Settles collapsed during a game at Brooks School in North Andover. Settles stopped breathing during the game and was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, where doctors shocked his heart eight times but could not get it to start again on its own.
At the hospital, the teenager was placed on an automatic CPR machine and breathing tube, several hours before Settles began breathing again. He was then airlifted to Tufts Medical Centre and placed on life support before later being taken to Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday, February 27.
On the same day, Devonte Mumphrey collapsed and died during a Yellowjackets’ basketball game after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
Devonte, 15, was a basketball standout who was nominated for Mr Texas Basketball Player of the Week after scoring 45 points in a single game in January. As a freshman, Mumphrey was named the District Newcomer of the Year.