– Walter Martinez, Honduras footballer, has died at the age of 37 after suffering a heart attack
– Martinez also starred for American side San Jose Earthquakes and Beijing Gouan in the Chinese Super League
– Martinez played for Honduras in their second World Cup appearance at South Africa 2010
Walter Martinez, 37, has died of heart attack – nine years after representing Honduras at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The UK Sun report claims Martinez, who also represented American side San Jose Earthquakes during his active days, suffered a heart attack after a night out with a mate.
The Honduran FA has since confirmed his passing, with FIFA recognising his contribution to the central American nation’s football growth.
“With sadness that overwhelms the family of Honduran football, we regret the death of Walter Julian Martinez. Solidarity and a balm of divine peace for your family and friends. RIP,” Honduran FA said in a statement.
Martinez played a key-role in helping Honduras to qualify for their second World Cup appearance at South Africa 2010 before ending his football career after representing El Salvador side FAS.
Martinez netted six times in 20 appearances before bowing out of the game in 2015.
Supporters of Chinese Super League side Beijing Gouan who he featured for last year laid flowers in his honour in front of the club’s stadium after hearing of his demise.
Martinez is reported to have suffered a heart attack while at the home of a teammate Jose Chepo Fernandez in New York.
Fernandez was quoted as saying to a Honduran newspaper that they took time out at an El Copaneco club in the Bronx area of the city where they stayed until the wee hours.
But surprisingly after a few hours he found Martinez on the floor of his bedroom.
“I was inside my room and when I left I found him on the floor. I tried to revive him but I couldn’t. Immediately I called the ambulance and minutes later they were there but nothing could be done,” Fernandez said.
Martinez scored 12 goals in 49 appearances for Honduras.
His club career saw him ply his trade with nine different clubs that includes three stints with Beijing Guoan.
Martinez also starred for Spanish club Alaves and San Jose.