Former Colombia goal keeper Miguel Calero has been determined brain dead after suffering a stroke, his club, Pachuca from Mexico, announced Monday.
According to a press release, the 41-year-old Colombian “will continue in intensive care, receiving vital life support” until his family decides whether or not to remove life support.
Calero, who has been in Mexico as a goalie and later a trainer since 2000, was hospitalized in Mexico City little over a week ago after suffering a stroke.
Despite an operation, the Colombian’s health deteriorated and doctors were forced to declare the national team’s former goalie brain dead.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his grief on Twitter, saying that “what happened to Miguel Calero hurts all Colombians.”
Nos duele mucho a todos los colombianos lo sucedido con Miguel Calero. Acompañamos de corazón a su familia. El fútbol está de luto.
— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) December 4, 2012
Before joining Pachuca, the goalie played for Colombian teams Atletico Nacional and Deportivo Cali.