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Ex-Liverpool star Mark Gonzalez suffers heart attack at 36, wife confirms

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Former Liverpool midfielder Mark Gonzalez has suffered a heart attack, his wife has confirmed.

Gonzalez, 36, is now recovering after the “frightening” health scare that left partner Maura Rivera in “shock”.

Rivera wrote on Instagram: “The love of my life, my soul mate, what a shock you have given me.

“The past few nights have been terrible. Days filled with uncertainty, it's been really frightening.

“I am writing this as you are still here with us and a little better – and because in many ways, the fact that you are still here with us, makes us cherish every moment we have together, family and above all, life itself.

“It's amazing how everything can change from one moment to the next.

“Life can surprise us and test us, instill fear, but with faith, strength and hope, we can come out of all of the bad moments. I want you to be with me forever, Mark.”

Gonzalez racked up 25 appearances for Liverpool during a one-year stint at Anfield.

The former winger arrived on Merseyside in October 2005, but due to work permit issues he was initially forced to wait for his Reds debut.

After a loan spell at Real Sociedad, he was eventually allowed to play for Rafa Benitez’s side in 2006 and went on to score two goals in 25 games.

Gonzalez then left Liverpool that summer to complete a £5million switch to Real Betis.

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  • The Chilean spent two years in Spain before heading to Russia to sign for CSKA Moscow.

    He then returned to Chile to join Universidad Catolica and later enjoyed stints with Sport Recife, Colo-Colo and Magallanes before retiring in 2019.

    He also received 56 caps for his country, representing them at two World Cups and playing a part in their 2016 Copa America success.

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