Nobody kill me for saying soccer instead of football, please. Croatian player, Bruno Boban, 25, collapsed during a match against Slavonija Pozega on Saturday, March 24, 2018.. when he took a direct hit to the chest with the ball. Only 15 minutes into the game, Bruno was hit at close range by the ball but seemed to be ok, a couple moments later he collapsed. Medics tried for 40 minutes to revive him but could not. His official cause of death has not yet been released but I am sure cause of death will be commotio cordis, which is a disruption to the rhythm of the heart by an external impact.. sending it into sudden cardiac arrest and is usually fatal.