Tragedy as international footballer Naomi Mendoza, 17, dies after weeks in coma | The Sun

A TEENAGE footballer has died aged 17 after suffering from complications linked to meningitis.

Naomi Mendoza collapsed at the end of last month and was rushed to hospital in Spain's Canary Islands.

She spent the last few weeks in a coma but has now passed away.

Naomi was the goalkeeper for the Canary Islands Under-17 women's national team.

The shot-stopper also played for Las Majoreras, who have a released a statement following her death.

It reads: "We will always keep your smile. Your improvement. Your desire to live.


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"From our club we send our deepest condolences and condolences to Naomi's parents, family and friends. RIP NAO."

LaLiga side Las Palmas, who are based in the Canary Islands, also paid tribute to Naomi.

They wrote: "Our most sincere condolences to family, friends and the @cdguiniguadafem family. RIP, Naomi."

Tributes have also poured in from fans with one writing: "RIP. Condolences to family and friends."

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Another added: "I'm so sorry RIP. Much love to her family."

And a third wrote: "Terrible, poor thing. A big hug for your parents."

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