Champions League: Liverpool fan dies at Anfield minutes before kick-off

The spectator suffered a medical emergency but despite the best efforts of paramedics, the fan died after being rushed to the hospital.
Champions League: Liverpool fan dies at Anfield minutes before kick-off

Liverpool win on penalties. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Liverpool are mourning the sudden demise of a fan who passed away at Anfield on Wednesday night before the Champions League clash against Benfica.

The yet-to-be-identified fan reportedly took ill about 20 minutes before the kickoff.

UK Metro reported that the spectator suffered a medical emergency but despite the best efforts of paramedics, the fan died after being rushed to the hospital.

"It is with great regret that Liverpool Football Club can confirm that a supporter who was taken ill ahead of last night’s fixture against Benfica has sadly passed away.

"First and foremost, the condolences and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with the supporter’s family, loved ones and friends.

"We would like to thank the emergency services for their heroic efforts in providing urgent care and our appreciation to our medical professionals, stewards and all supporters in the vicinity of the incident for their assistance."

However, despite playing a 3-3 draw against the Portuguese side, Liverpool progressed to the semi-final (6-4 on aggregate) and will face Sevilla for a place in the final.

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