The 51-year-old died of a heart attack at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires (image courtesy FIBA)

Secretary general of the Federation of International Basketball Association (Fiba) Patrick Baumann has died of a heart attack at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend and our thoughts are with Patrick’s wife and two children at this tragic time,” the body said on Sunday.

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Baumann, who was appointed secretary general in 2002, had served as a coach and referee.

The Swiss national was influential in Olympic circles and an International Olympic Committee member since 2007.

“This is a great shock, which has hit us all very hard. We can hardly believe this terrible news,” said Thomas Bach, IOC president.

“Particularly since, even today, we have seen him working hard, as we always knew him, for the sport he loved.”