In an incident likely to increase calls for more cardiac screening of young players, Antwerp club Beerschot Wilrijk said Nicot died in hospital after collapsing at a post-season tournament following their promotion to the Third Division.
On April 30, former under-21 international defender Gregory Mertens, 24, died three days after his heart stopped during a reserve game for top-flight Lokeren at Racing Genk.
"Far too soon, far too young," Beerschot said in a statement on Nicot's death after doctors had put him into an artificial coma. "He fought. Like a bear. Lovingly surrounded by his family, supported by his team mates and his many friends."

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