Vito Chimenti dies at 69, Legendary Italian football player passed away after Heart Attack

Vito Chimenti
Vito Chimenti, former striker

Italian football mourns Vito Chimenti, who died suddenly at the age of 69. Let’s see, what happened to the former striker and Vito Chimenti cause of death in detail.

How did Vito Chimenti die?

 The former striker from Palermo, Catanzaro, and Pistoiese, currently employed in the technical staff of Pomarico, a team of Eccellenza Lucana, fell ill after warming up before the home match against Real Senise as he was about to take a shower.

He became ill in the locker room. Immediately, the rescue team tried to revive him, but was unsuccessful, and the match was postponed. 

Chimenti, 69 years old, famous for his South American dribbling nicknamed the ‘bicycle’ boasted 77 appearances and 13 goals in Serie A and linked his best years to the jerseys of Pistoiese, Catanzaro, Palermo, Taranto, Salernitana, and Lecco.

Who was Vito Chimenti ?

 Chimenti was born in Bari in 1953, he played in Serie A, B, and C with Pistoiese, Catanzaro, Palermo (29 goals in two seasons), Taranto, Salernitana, and Lecco. After becoming a coach, he was part of the technical staff of Salernitana, Foggia, Messina, Matera, Lanciano, Rimini, and Virtus Casarano.

Chimenti was known for his ‘bicycle’, a type of dribbling with which the former striker dribbled past opponents who tried to stop him from running towards the opponent’s goal.

Chimenti lifted the ball with his heel and sent it over his head, to then find it in front of his body. An unprecedented play for those years, today particularly loved by champions of the caliber of Neymar and Douglas Costa.

He scored for Juve in the 1979 Coppa Italia final. His technical prowess and agility, in spite of a squat build, attracted the attention of Palermo who bought him in ’77

Vito Chimenti cause of death:

Vito Chimenti died suddenly from a heart attack in Pomarico on 29 January 2023, at the age of 69.

Vito Chimenti cause of death was heart attack. Fans and friends were shocked to learn the sudden death of Vito. Tributes flooded online after the demise news broke out.

The Rosanero club also remembered the former striker on Twitter. “Vito is gone– we read on the Palermo social profile – A friend of Palermo is leaving, a friend of those who loves Palermo ”. 

Tributes to Vito Chimenti:

Sicilian Football tweeted,

Palermo legend, Vito Chimenti, has passed away. He played as a striker for the Rosanero between 1977-79. One of his famous moments in the Palermo shirt was when he scored the opener in the 1978-79 Coppa Italia final against Juventus. RIP

Sempre con il Cagliari posted,

Goodbye to Vito Chimenti, in 79/80 he had played with Catanzaro whose captain was Claudio Ranieri, who tonight expressed his condolences: “I am sad for his disappearance, a fair and loyal person. Not only as an opponent I had the pleasure of meeting him as a teammate at Catanzaro. My thoughts are with the family and loved ones”.

Palermo F.C. posted,

Vito is no more. “A friend from Palermo leaves, a friend of those who love Palermo, a friend of mine”: the condolences of the club and president Mirri.

APS “Taras 706 a.C.” posted,

Vito Chimenti, one of the strongest strikers in the history of Rossoblues, passed away suddenly today, at only 69 years old. It’s a great loss for all Tarantino fans: with his goals he became the undisputed symbol of Taranto, Cavalier Pignatelli. We’ll never forget his talented flair.
Hi Vito!

Gianni De Rosa posted,

Sad news, the sudden disappearance of Vito Chimenti, another backbone who wrote the history of Palermo football. I want to think that these great men and football players can now meet and together watch over us. Our deepest condolences to the family.


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