July 29, 2013 by bluenosebible
Former Blues’ striker Christian Benitez has passed away at the age of 27.
It is believed that the Ecuador international had suffered from a respiratory arrest in Qatar after playing for his new club El Jaish, following a move from América for £10 million earlier this month.
Benitez only spent one season at St. Andrews as his move from Mexico was changed to a loan after an issue with his knee was found in his medical.
During his loan spell Benitez made over 30 appearances for Birmingham and scored 4 goals including goals away to Liverpool and Everton.
Former team mates of the striker have paid tribute to him on Twitter including Liam Ridgewell and Craig Gardner.
“The thoughts of all associated with the football club are with Chucho’s family and friends at this very sad time. Chucho’s passing will now be marked at St Andrew’s ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Watford.
“The Ecuador international was an immensely-popular character during his time at the football club.”
Everyone at Made in Brum would like to offer their sincere condolences to his friends and family.
What are your memories from Chucho’s time with Birmingham City?