Retired soccer striker Alex Alves do Nascimento, a member of the Palmeiras squad that won the Brazilian league title in 1994, died Wednesday of complications after a bone-marrow transplant, doctors said. He was 37.
Alves passed away at Amaral de Carvalho Foundation Hospital in Jau, a city in Sao Paulo state.
The former player was admitted in September with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, a rare disease of the bone marrow, the hospital said in a statement.
He underwent a successful bone-marrow transplant on Oct. 5, but recently began to experience symptoms of rejection and finally succumbed to multiple organ failure.