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Nikos Samaras, one of the best Greek volleyball players, died yesterday aged just 42. The news about the death of the former captain of the Men’s National team came as a big shock for the Greek volleyball community.
Samaras is said to have died from a brain aneurysm. According to the Greek site www.volleynews.gr, Samaras felt intense pain in the head around 3:00PM, shortly after that he lost consciousness, but also managed to call an ambulance. Resuscitation efforts were made immediately but Samaras passed away in the ambulance.
Nick Samaras was born on 1 June 1970. He took part in more than 500 international sports events with the National Men’s and the U-21’s. Samaras also played in Orestiada, Hercules, Panathinaikos, AEK,Iraklis, Rethimnon, National Alexandroupolis, Limnos Milon, Flaconara (Italy), Fenerbahce(Turkey) and Chenois (Switzerland). Last year he played for Milonas and this year he was a player-coach of the Limnos team.
In the summer of 2012 he established, along with his ex-team mate from Milonas -Thanasis Panousos, the beach volley Academy “Attica Beach Volley Club”.
The loss has shocked his family, the volleyball society, and especially his former teammates, coaches and their relatives and friends in his hometown in Orestiada, and Lemnos where he and his wife Elena lived in the last couple of years.
Nikos leaves a 5 -year old son.
RIP, Nikos Samaras!