Italian swimmer Mariasofia Paparo has tragically died following a heart attack just shy of her 28th birthday.
Her sudden death occurred only a month after getting engaged to be married.
ITALIAN swimmer Mariasofia Paparo has died following a heart attack just shy of her 28th birthday and only a month after getting engaged to be married. pic.twitter.com/1E5vgo7kNB
— UNN (@UnityNewsNet) April 15, 2022
27 year old fit swimmers don’t die of heart attacks https://t.co/vc8CJ9zuxh
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The swimmer died suddenly at the age of 27 after suffering a cardiac arrest in San Giorgio a Cremano (Naples) on Monday, April 11, according to local reports.
Her fiancé and fellow swimmer Matteo Scarpati, who had successfully proposed on March 13, paid tribute to the woman he planned to marry.
“You were an angel who changed my life by giving me the strength to do things that I never could think about doing,” he said on Facebook.
“You taught me true love, you taught me to smile and be happy again. We had a life ahead and you left like that. I loved you from the first day I saw you, you made me struggle to conquer you, but then you agreed to live this fantastic adventure together and you gave me the best two years of my life.
“I will always remember you like this, as my beautiful Mariasofia, and I will always be your ciccino. I love you and I will always love you my love.”
MSN Italy added Mariasofia’s accomplishments (translated):
Mariasofia was an athlete of the Posillipo Master Athlete of the Posillipo Nautical Club, in 2019 she was part of the staff of the Swim4Life Trophy, valid for the Supermaster FIN Circuit. She was part of the Speedo Master Team and in 2020 she had participated in the crossing of the Strait of Messina, as well as in the Capri-Naples.
Last month, a 23-year-old Romanian water polo player passed away after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest during a game.