Monday, November 29, 1999

Former Austrian Young Player of Year Idrizaj, 22, dies

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Austrian Besian Idrizaj, a striker with English Championship (second division) team Swansea City, has died at the age of 22."It is understood (he) died in his sleep on Friday night while at home with his family in Austria," the club said on their website ("The exact cause of death has not been confirmed and our thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates at this time."Swansea signed the former Liverpool forward and Austrian Young Player of the Year on a two-year deal in August 2009.In February 2008, during a loan spell at Wacker Innsbruck, Idrizaj collapsed on the pitch during an Austrian top-flight fixture.It was first thought he had suffered a heart attack but the problem was later diagnosed as a virus, Swansea said on their website.(Editing by Tony Jimenez and Pritha Sarkar. To query or comment on this story email

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