Olympic Judo Wrestler Maricet Espinosa González Dead At 34 After Heart Attack

Written by Robert J. Matthews

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González won bronze at Grand Slams in Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Baku and was Pan American Champion in 2013 and 2014.

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Judo champion Maricet Espinosa González, who represented Cuba in the 2016 Olympics, has died, according to several reports. She was 34.

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The Pan-American Judo Confederation announced González's death on social media Monday.

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We mourn the loss of a Pan-American and Cuban judo legend. 

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The confederation added, "Two-time Pan American Champion, World Medalist, and Rio 2016 Olympic Representative.

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Sweet Maricet, rest in peace. Our condolences to his family and Cuban judo. 

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González's neighbor and family friend Wanda Más Váldes told PEOPLE the former Olympian had a heart attack in Armenia on Jan. 21.

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CiberCuba and JudoInside also cited a heart attack as the reason of death.

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Váldes said González' mother is in Cuba and "her sister and daughter live in Armenia, where she sadly lost her life.

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On Monday, González' family started a GoFundMe website to pay for her body's return to Cuba.

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