Chapecoense plane crash survivor Rafael Henzel dies of heart attack aged 45

One of the survivors of the tragic Chapecoense plane crash in 2016 has just died from a heart attack at the age of just 45.

Radio journalist Rafael Henzel has tragically passed away after suffering a heart attack whilst playing football, just three years after he was one of only six survivors of the plane crash involving Brazilian club Chapecoense.

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Henzel was clearly well liked and respected by Chapecoense, with the club paying tribute to him in a statement following his death.

Their statement read:

“Throughout his brilliant career, Rafael told the story of Chapecoense.

“He was a symbol of the club’s reconstruction and he will always be remembered in the green and white pages of this institution.”