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Former soccer player Costica Stefanescu commits suicide

Soccer fans were shocked Tuesday night when former soccer player Costica Stefanescu, aged 62, committed suicide. Suffering from a fatal illness, the former star of Universitatea Craiova and the national soccer team threw himself off the fifth floor of the Military Hospital in Bucharest, where he had been admitted several days prior. Police sources cited by Mediafax report the case has been taken over by the Military Prosecutor’s Office. They also showed stated Stefanescu had lung cancer and had been admitted to the Thoracic Surgery ward of the Military Hospital. According to Hotnews, Stefanescu had spent his last few months at the Military Hospital in Bucharest, after undergoing an unsuccessful lung cancer treatment in Germany.
Frf.ro notes that Stefanescu’s body will be taken to “Florea Dumitrache” Hall at the House of Football today at 2 p.m. and will remain there until Friday, 3 p.m.
According to FRF (Romanian Football Federation), the body will be taken to his family home in Sabareni, Galati County until the funeral held Saturday, at 1 p.m. at the same location. Yesterday, the official website of FC Universitatea Craiova released contradictory information, saying the funeral would take place in Craiova. “(…) The Soccer Club Universitatea Craiova would take the necessary steps to be granted a burial plot in Ungureni Cemetery by the Town Hall of Craiova. Burial expenses will be borne by Universitatea Craiova. All those who wish to mourn the late great soccer player Costica Stefanescu are expected at the headquarters of Universitatea Craiova Soccer Club, located on 1, Sfantul Dumitru Street, where they can light a candle in the Captain’s memory”, the press release issued on fcuniversitatea.ro states.Costica Stefanescu, former captain of Craiova’s soccer team and the national team, nicknamed “Minister of Defence”, was born on March 26, 1951 in Bucharest and began his career by playing for Steaua, then Universitatea Craiova and FCM Brasov

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