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Gabby Logan has said that watching the collapse of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen "stirred up a lot of memories" of her brother Daniel, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest playing football aged 15.
The presenter’s younger brother tragically passed away while playing football with their father, former Leeds United and Wales footballer Terry Yorath, in their back garden in May 1992.
Following his sudden death, it emerged that Daniel had a hidden heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the muscle of the heart to thicken, making it harder for the organ to pump blood.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today on Wednesday, Gabby said that seeing 29-year-old Eriksen’s collapse during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday caused her to reflect on Daniel’s passing when she was just 19.
Gabby Logan has reflected on her late brother Daniel, who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest playing football in their back garden aged 15
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She shared: "Saturday night stirred up a lot of memories about Daniel, what happened to Christian, and I realised my own personal journey, my career, evolved in many ways out of a need to have some sort of a connection with his life."
The 48-year-old added that her brother was an "exceptional footballer" who had already signed for Leeds United and was being tipped for success mere months before his 16th birthday.
Gabby added: "It's easy when somebody dies very young to almost deify them and glorify their life, but he'd already been looked at by Wales Under-18s, he was signed for Leeds United, and he was absolutely brimming with passion and hope and possibility.
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"He was just a few months shy of his 16th birthday and he was about to start his full-time professional contract when he died of a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a hidden heart condition.
"We had absolutely no idea that he had this ticking time bomb inside him," she admitted.
"He was playing football in the garden with my dad, and my other brother, who was six at the time.
"And he went over to the long grass to pick up a ball, fell over, and died."
The broadcaster said seeing Christian Eriksen’s collapse during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday caused her to reflect on Daniel’s passing
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Her comments come after Christian Eriksen was rushed to hospital on Saturday when he collapsed in the first half of the match against Finland, with his teammates forming a ring around him as he was treated by medics.
The Danish footballer suffered a cardiac arrest and required urgent CPR in an attempt to resuscitate him, with doctors later confirming he had "gone" for several minutes before they were able to restart his heart.
On Tuesday, Christian said he's doing "fine" in his first social media update since the horrifying incident.
Writing on Instagram alongside a picture of him smiling, Eriksen wrote: "Hello everyone.
Gabby (right) pictured aged five with her sister Louise (L) and brother Daniel
"Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.
"I'm fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
"Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian."
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