The former goalkeeper of Pakistan's World Cup winning hockey team, Mansoor Ahmed died on Saturday at a hospital in Karachi. While getting treated at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi, Mansoor had reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant in Chennai.
Mansoor was suffering from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart.
However, the hockey legend had wanted a more conventional and proven procedure, for which he had wanted to go to India and had thus refused the offer.
In a video message the Olympian, who played a vital role in Pakistan's victory at the Hockey World cup 1994 thanks to his brilliant goal keeping, had appealed to the government and the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for medical assistance.
"I may have broken a lot of Indian hearts on the field of play by beating India in the Indira Gandhi Cup (1989) and in other events but that was sport", Ahmed had said in his last interview.
Mansoor passed away this afternoon due to heart complications, Dr Naveed Qamar said.
Dr Komarakshi Balakrishnan, a heart surgeon at the Fortis Malar hospital in Chennai had looked at Mansoor's case and assured him that he would conduct the heart transplant immediately if he came to India. He was a sporting legend in Pakistan and had helped them win the 1994 World Cup in Sydney.
Ahmed had represented Paksitan in 338 global games in the time span of 1986 and 2000.
The entire Hockey fraternity in Pakistan is grieving the loss of such a world-class goalkeeper. He played 338 worldwide matches.
He also remained captain of Pakistan national team and remained part of the team in three world cups.