Maricet Espinosa Gonzalez, a judo champion and Olympian from Cuba, passed away of an apparent heart attack days after having surgery.

According to reports, she underwent a breast enhancement surgery on January 21st.

She reportedly suffered complications and eventually had a heart attack.

TMZ reports:

Judo champion and Olympian Maricet Espinoa Gonzalez has tragically died after apparently suffering a heart attack … just days after she reportedly went under the knife.

Gonzalez was a 2x Pan American Judo champion, winning gold in 2013 and 2014. She also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The Cuban Sports University broke the news, announcing “La Mole” passed away this week.

“With great pain, the university community of Cuban sport receives the news of the passing of the outstanding Cuban judoka Maricet Espinosa González,” the university said on Facebook.

“On behalf of our teachers, workers, and students we extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.”

She reportedly had surgery on January 21 … but it’s unclear if the operation played a role in her death.

From Fox News:

Gonzalez competed in the 63kg category (139 pounds), having been a member of the Cuban national team for 10 years before retiring in 2017.

Gonzalez’s death comes just days after the passing of another 2016 Olympic athlete.

Shawn Barber, a Canadian pole vaulter, died last week at the age of 29. Barber was a 2015 world champion just months after winning the NCAA title with the University of Akron.

Barber was reportedly experiencing health issues.

His cause of death wasn’t disclosed.


29-Year-Old World Champion Athlete Passes Away From Medical Complications

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