Alexander Galimov, the sole Russian hockey team member to survive the Wednesday plane crash that killed 44 people, died Monday of his injuries in a Moscow hospital. The cause of death was severe burns that covered 90 percent of his body, despite help from the doctors in the burn unit. Galimov’s death devastated the city and fans, who had rallied to him after the accident and prayed for his survival.
A memorial was held Saturday for the victims of the crash, and drew an estimated 100,000 people. It is one of the worst aviation disasters in sports, and has been a huge blow to Russia and the international hockey community.