The Football player Patrick Ekeng from Dinamo Bucharest who died on the field had no disease so severe that it could cause death, according to doctors. This is the first conclusion of the doctors who made the autopsy and at first glance, they found no obvious cause of death. However, the specialists have found that the young athlete had an enlarged heart, so the investigations will continue. The coroners have been looking for an answer to the question that concerns both the football player's relatives and his fans: why the athlete has died at just 26 years old on the football field.


Family arrives to collect his remains.

Patrick Ekeng's wife arrived in Romania on Tuesday to take his body from the Legal medicine Institute from Bucharest. A doctor from Cameroon was also present at the request of the Cameroon Embassy in Bucharest.The brother and the manager of the football player were also waiting outside to take his body, but this was postponed.

Enlarged heart through constant exercise.

Initially, the doctors said that the young man was clinically healthy.


His heart had cardiac hypertrophy - this means it was enlarged. This is the effect that sometimes constant exercise has on the body's most important muscle. This is not a disease, but the experts will continue the investigations.

The police took the defibrillator from the ambulance that brought Ekeng to the hospital

The police are expecting the lab results of the toxicology tests that will clarify if the football player had forbidden substances in his blood.

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The police officers returned on Monday to the Pulse Ambulance headquarters and they took some documents, including the medical reports prepared after the surgery on Friday night. They also took the defibrillator from the ambulance that brought Ekeng  to the hospital. The Department of Emergency Situations and the Department of Public Health from Bucharest  also made investigations. They made these investigations because they found that some medicines from the ambulance were expired.

All this led to the decision to suspend the company Pulse for 30 days until they correct the problems. In addition, the company was fined 20,000 Romanian lei.

Raed Arafat, the founder of the Romanian emergency rescue service named SMURD (the Romanian acronym for "Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication") said that some of the ambulances that were used are authorized as level A ambulances (namely transport ambulances) but were used as emergency ambulances. 

Ekeng collapsed in the 70th minute.

Dinamo's Bucharest player Patrick Ekeng died on Friday evening at the age of 26, after he collapsed on the ground during the game against FC Viitorul Constanta.


The player from Cameroon was taken from the field in an ambulance in the 70th minute of the match played against the team Viitorul from Constanta, after falling without being touched by any other footballer. Ekeng was taken to Floreasca Hospital from Bucharest where he was revived for about an hour and a half, but without success.

Ekeng Patrick was born on 26 March 1990 in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.


He began his professional career at Canon football club from Yaoundé, then transferred to Le Mans, Lausanne-Sport, and Cordoba, before being transferred to Dinamo Bucharest this winter. The midfielder played seven times in the Cameroon nationals. He was married and he had a two-year-old daughter.

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