The only member of the KHL’s Lokomotiv team to survive last week’s plane crash in Russia died from his injuries on Monday at a Moscow hospital.
Alexander Galimov survived the initial crash but could not recover from severe burns that covered 90 percent of his body. All 37 Lokomotiv players on board the flight have died along with all but one member of the crew. Galimov’s passing will add to the widespread grief felt across Russia and Eastern Europe, but it will be especially difficult to stomach in Yaroslavl. The 26-year-old was a product of the city’s youth program and was the subject of chants — such as “Galimov, live for the whole team!” — at vigils and rallies following the crash.
Tens of thousands, including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attended a memorial ceremony for the victims of the crash held at Yaroslavl’s sports arena on Saturday.
• Photo gallery: Scenes from the aftermath of the crash