Squash player dies of heart attack

A SPORTSMAN died after suffering a suspected heart attack at a popular Suffolk sports centre, it has emerged.

Dave Gooderham

A SPORTSMAN died after suffering a suspected heart attack at a popular Suffolk sports centre, it has emerged.

Details were last night still sketchy but ambulance staff and police confirmed that a man, believed to be in his 60s, had suffered a fatal cardiac arrest during a game of squash on Monday night.

It is thought that he had been playing squash at Sudbury Sports Centre when the accident took place.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service confirmed they had been called to an incident at the centre, in the grounds of Sudbury Upper School in Tudor Road, shortly after 8pm.

He said: “Upon arrival, we found a male, believed to be about 60 years old, unconscious. We gave him CPR but unfortunately we were unable to save him.”

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It is unclear whether the man died at the sports centre or at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, where he was taken by paramedics.

A spokesman for Suffolk police confirmed they had been notified of the incident and had spoken to the man's family.

He said: “The details have also been passed on to the coroner and a post mortem will be held to determine the cause of death.”