The only member of a Russian ice hockey team to survive a plane crash last week has died of his injuries.
Aleksandr Galimov, 26, a player for the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team, had severe burns which covered 90% of his body.
Over the past five days thousands of people converged on the team’s arena in the city north of Moscow, chanting for him to survive.
But last night the medical team treating him said he had died of his injuries, bringing the death toll for the crash to 44.
Galimov was a hero in Yaroslavl, Lokomotiv’s home city, 160 miles northeast of Moscow. He began training there at age five, and was expected to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia‘s Black Sea resort town of Sochi.