Photo: Hector Javier Cespedes
Former Millonarios and Independiente Santa Fe player Hector Javier Cespedes died from a heart attack at the Universidad de la Sabana hospital in Chia, a city north of Colombia’s capital, the hospital said.
Cespedes arrived at the hospital on Saturday morning “without any vital signs and did not respond to efforts to resuscitate him,” hospital director Juan Guillermo Ortiz said.
The former player, who worked for Millonarios, was born in Bogota in 1952.
He made his professional debut in 1969 with Millonarios, playing in 139 games and scoring 30 goals.
Cespedes joined Santa Fe in 1975, scoring 74 goals in 246 games.
He also played for Atletico Nacional in 1979 and was a member of the Colombian junior squad.
Cespedes coached Santa Fe in 1986, but he only lasted one match, getting booted after losing to Deportes Quindio 4-2.
He returned to Santa Fe in 1990 and coached the team to the finals. Cespedes later coached Venezuela’s Mineros club.
Cespedes studied law at Universidad Libre and became an attorney.
Millonarios expressed its condolences at the death of the team executive.
“Millonarios F.C. sends a message of deep condolence to professor Cespedes’s family,” the team said in a statement.