Brave Morosini led a truly tragic life

Apr 16, 2012, 10:32 IST | AFP

Piermario Morosini died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack while playing for Livorno against Pescara in the Italian second division, a sad, premature end to a life already scarred by family tragedy.

The 25-year-old was given heart-massage on the pitch before being taken by ambulance to the Santo Spirito hospital in Pescara. Hospital staff failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. It was only then that the true horror of this relatively unknown midfielder’s tragic family story emerged.

Piermario Morosini

Born in Bergamo, Morosini was orphaned in his teenage years as his mother Camilla died in 2001, when he was only 15, and, two years later, his father Aldo also passed away. Shortly afterwards his disabled brother committed suicide, and now only his handicapped older sister remains. It’s a story that left his former teammate at Udinese, Roberto Baronio, stunned. “It’s an incredible destiny, now he can embrace all his family,” he said.It was a sad end to a once bright young career that saw Morosini represent Italy at every level from under-17s to under-21s.

He even played for his country at the European under-21 Championships in Sweden in 2009. His top flight career never really took off despite making his debut for Udinese at the age of 19. He played five times in Serie A, three times in the Italian Cup and also made a UEFA Cup appearance in 2005/06.

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