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Pak hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed passes away in Karachi

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistan's Cup-winning passed away at a city hospital here today after battling a prolonged heart ailment.

The 49-year-old Olympian had been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart, and had reached out to for help in securing a

government had reportedly offered Ahmed a mechanical heart which, had he accepted, would have been the first time the procedure was to be conducted in the country.

But Ahmed had refused the offer as he wanted a more conventional and proven procedure, for which he had wanted to go to

The legend, who was known as the 1994 Cup hero for Pakistan, had been suffering from heart ailment for the past three years and was under treatment at the here.

Mansoor passed away this afternoon due to heart complications, Dr said.

Mansoor was advised by senior heart surgeons at the hospital to undergo an operation to have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted to help pump blood to his heart.

They are all looking after me very well here but I want to go for a proper as the are donors available in right now, the weak and frail looking Mansoor had told from his bed on May 1.

He had said that the LVAD procedure basically is a plastic mechanical pump implanted in a heart to help it function but he preferred to have a proper which was available in Chennai, India.

A renowned heart surgeon, Dr at the in had looked at Mansoor's case and assured him if he came to India he could do the heart transplant immediately.

Dr Qamar who is the at the NIVCD said Mansoor's condition was not right for him to travel anywhere.

Mansoor, who became a household name in 1994 after heroic saves in penalty shootouts against and Holland in and Cup finals, had also appealed to the to issue him the necessary visa to travel to

Mansoor, who represented in some 338 internationals, had already had a major in 2016 and since early this year was battling for his life.

The fraternity was shocked at the sad demise of the who won many a match for his country.

It is very sad that he has passed away at such a young age. He was working with us and contributing to the development of goalkeepers and junior players, Shahbaz Ahmad, the of the (PHF) said.

Shabaz, a former Pakistan captain, said the PHF was aware of Mansoor's condition and had approached the government for help and also assisted him financially.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 19:20 IST