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Chapecoense mourn death of reporter who survived plane crash

Rafael Henzel, a radio reporter who survived the crash that killed most of the Chapecoense soccer team in 2016, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, the Brazilian club said. He was 45.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017 Brazilian journalist Rafael Henzel, one of the survivors of the LaMia airplane crash in Colombia, gestures at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Santa Catarina state, in southern Brazil. - Brazilian jo
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Rafael Henzel, a radio reporter who survived the crash that killed most of the Chapecoense soccer team in 2016, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, the Brazilian club said. He was 45.

Globo reported that Henzel collapsed while playing football in the southern city of Chapeco and despite being rushed to hospital he died soon after.

A highly respected figure in the area, Henzel returned to his radio job after recovering from the plane crash.

Brazilian journalist Rafael Henzel, 45, one of the six survivors of the plane crash in Colombia who decimated the Chapeoconse football team in November 2016 ---when the plane ran out of fuel and went down in inhospitable mountains near its destination
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Brazilian journalist Rafael Henzel, 45, one of the six survivors of the plane crash in Colombia who decimated the Chapeoconse football team in November 2016 ---when the plane ran out of fuel and went down in inhospitable mountains near its destinationNELSON ALMEIDAAFP

"Throughout his brilliant career, Rafael told the story of Chapecoense," the club said on its web site. "He was a symbol of the club’s reconstruction and he will always be remembered in the green and white pages of this institution."

Henzel was one of six people to survive the crash, which killed 71 of the 77 people on board. The flight was carrying the team to the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final in Medellin when it crashed into a hillside. Three players also survived the crash.

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