TEL AVIV (dpa) – An Israeli cricket umpire died from a heart attack after being struck by a ball in the chest, Israeli news site ynet reported Sunday.
Hillel Oscar, 58, died Saturday in a hospital hours after the game in the harbour city of Ashdod, reported the site.
It was the second death in a week caused by a ball during a cricket game.
Famous Australian test cricketer Phil Hughes died on Thursday, two days after being struck on the head.
Oscar’s wife said he wanted to participate in Saturday’s game because it included a moment of silence for Hughes.
“He told me he wanted to photograph (the ceremony) and publish it on Twitter and Facebook,” she said. “Instead, I got the news about his fatal injury.”
He is also survived by two daughters and a grandchild. Avital Felix, head of the Israeli Cricket Association, said the heavy ball of cork and leather ricocheted off a bat, hitting Oscar with full force.
“This is a sad day for the sport of cricket,” said Felix, noting that Oscar was not just a good player and umpire, “but also a very good friend.”