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Rest In Peace Henry Chinonso Ihelewere – 21 Year Old Nigerian Footballer Dies in Romania after Cardiac Arrest



A promising young Nigerian footballer, Henry Chinonso Ihelewere, died yesterday in Romania after suffering a cardiac arrest during a pre-season friendly match.

The 21 year-old was playing for CS Delta Tulcea against FC Balotești in Romania’s second division when he collapsed after 15 minutes. He collapsed with no one around him after coming on as a second-half substitute.

He was taken to hospital but he never regained consciousness.

Henry had been playing in the Balkan country since 2007 when he joined Farul Constanta.

After his shocking death, Universitatea Cluj boss Cristian Dulca, who previously coached the Nigerian, told “What can I say? We’re all shocked. It’s a tragic day for Romanian football.”

“I trained him for a year and a half and I can tell you he was a real example in training. He could’ve become a very good player.”

Henry, known to his friends as Awilo, turned 21 on July 8th.

Its really sad that such a promising talent passed on so early. May his soul Rest In Peace.

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  1. urbanshe®

    August 6, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Rest in peace!

  2. melly

    August 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

    so sad r.i.p broda!!!

  3. faith

    August 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

    May his soul rest!Amen!

  4. Dor dor

    August 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Very Sad..May God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss

  5. Kemmy Sho

    August 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

    So Sad. May His Gentle Soul RIP

  6. Couture By Makioba

    August 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

    too sad 🙁

  7. Uchechi

    August 6, 2012 at 8:28 am



    August 6, 2012 at 9:04 am


  9. chiz

    August 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    May his soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN

  10. Ejiofor Chibuzo Omanma

    August 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    It is really sad. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

  11. eDDy

    August 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

    May His Soul Rest in the bossom of the Almighty

  12. eDDy

    August 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Very Sad..May God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss

  13. Gyann

    August 6, 2012 at 10:37 am


  14. willywilly

    August 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

    rip broda

  15. Ade

    August 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    May God comfort his family. Isaiah Chapter 40.


    August 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

  17. ofilispeaks

    August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

    So Sad. Wishing his family the best of luck.

  18. N

    August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    all because of husstle. SAD!! RIP bro

    • N

      August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm


  19. Osi

    August 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    May his gentle Soul Rest in peace!

  20. olabisi

    August 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    May is soul rest in peace.

  21. Nonye

    August 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    May his soul RIP

  22. Princess of Zion

    August 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Rest in perfect peace dear! 21 is young but we thank God you lived your life doing what you loved and you made a success out of it. May the Lord grant your family the fortitude, grace and strength to bear this loss! RIP Henry!

  23. Tosin

    August 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    If I could turn back time…
    As we can see, in his short time, he lived a good and beautiful life. I am pained.

  24. okie

    August 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    RIP Henry

  25. Nneka

    August 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Rest in the bossom of the LORD bro.

  26. roy

    August 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    rest in peace bruv

  27. Bewi

    August 7, 2012 at 3:32 am

    May God give his family fortitude to bear the loss?

  28. Bianca

    August 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Gone too soon. R.I.P Chinonso. May God comfort his parent and family. I notice a lot of soccer players suffer from cardiac arrest, is there something that can be done to prevent that?

  29. Josh

    August 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Hard to believe you are no more,rest in peace henry…

  30. LUKA ABU

    August 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Hv a nice rest wt d lord boy! I stil cnt blv it, is as if i wl cal his line n he wl pick ma call.

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