Christian Benitez has died at the age of 27 according to a BBC Sports report. Benitez was a striker for Ecuador who played for Santos Laguna, Club America [Mexican League] and Birmingham City.

Benitez recently signed with the Qatari team El Jaish and played his last match with them last Sunday. He won 58 caps and scored four goals within 36 appearances for Birmingham.

Benitez played a prominent role representing his country in the 2006 World Cup held in Germany. The following is a You Tube video paying tribute to Christian Benitez.