Written by Robert J. Matthews
González won bronze at Grand Slams in Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Baku and was Pan American Champion in 2013 and 2014.
Judo champion Maricet Espinosa González, who represented Cuba in the 2016 Olympics, has died, according to several reports. She was 34.
The Pan-American Judo Confederation announced González's death on social media Monday.
We mourn the loss of a Pan-American and Cuban judo legend.
The confederation added, "Two-time Pan American Champion, World Medalist, and Rio 2016 Olympic Representative.
Sweet Maricet, rest in peace. Our condolences to his family and Cuban judo.
González's neighbor and family friend Wanda Más Váldes told PEOPLE the former Olympian had a heart attack in Armenia on Jan. 21.
CiberCuba and JudoInside also cited a heart attack as the reason of death.
Váldes said González' mother is in Cuba and "her sister and daughter live in Armenia, where she sadly lost her life.
On Monday, González' family started a GoFundMe website to pay for her body's return to Cuba.