Man who died in cliff diving accident identified as top footballer
A Dutch man whose wife accidentally filmed him jumping to his death off a cliff in Mallorca has been identified as former top footballer Mourad Lamrabatte.
The 31-year-old died after attempting to perform a cliff jump into water below while on holidays with his wife and kids.
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On Saturday, authorities identified the man as Lamrabette, who previously played professionally for SBV Vitesse in the Netherlands.
Lamrabette's wife inadvertently filmed the moment he failed to clear the rocks below the cliff on an islet opposite the Majorcan holiday resort of Santa Ponsa near Magaluf.
His wife could be heard screaming "oh my god" in the distressing footage.
She was watching from a boat they had hired that morning with their two children.
According to reports, police haven't been able to interview Lamrabatte's wife yet because she is still in a state of shock.
An autopsy found that Lamrabatte drowned in a semi-consciousness state, rather than dying on the impact.
The tragedy occurred on the Malgrats Islands, which are made up of two islets and located within the municipality of Calvia opposite the bay of Santa Ponsa.
It has been reported that Lamrabatte was attempting to perform a 'tomb-stoning' stunt, where people jump feet first into water.
R.I.P #MouradLamrabatte ⚘️
— Wim Verharen (@verharen_wim) May 14, 2022
SBV Vitesse react to devastating news
Lamrabette's former club Vitesse offered their condolences to his family.
“Vitesse has received the sad news that Mourad Lamrabatte has tragically died,” the club said in a statement.
“The former Jong Vitesse striker had just turned 31.
"He wore the club colours during the 2010/2011 season, when he was part of the U23 team which won the U23 cup that season.
“In July 2010 he scored in a first team exhibition game.”
A club spokesman added: “Vitesse wishes Mourad’s family and friends a lot of strength in coping with their great loss.”
Vitesse is one of the oldest professional football clubs in the highest Dutch league.
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