Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died after suffering a suspected heart-attack during a match at Pescara on Saturday.

The 25-year-old collapsed suddenly on the pitch during the game, leading to the match being abandoned. All Italian matches, including all Serie A matches, have been cancelled for the weekend.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci later invited all Italian sports federations to observe a minute's silence in memory of Morosini.

Morosini was on loan from Serie A club Udinese, and had played for multiple Italian clubs, including Bologna, Vicenza, Reggina and Padova. He had also played on Italian National youth teams at the under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels...

Is it just me or has there seem to be an increase of game related professional athlete deaths the past year?