Indonesian doubles star Kido dies of heart attack at 36

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Markis Kido (R) of Indonesia returns a shot to Hirokatsu Hashimoto (C) and Noriyasu Hirata (not pictured) of Japan, as his partner Hendra Setiawan watches, during their men's doubles match in the quarter-final round of the Thomas Cup badminton championship in Wuhan, Hubei province May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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June 14 (Reuters) - Indonesian badminton player Markis Kido, an Olympic doubles gold medallist, has died aged 36 from a heart attack, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a tweet on Monday.

The Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) said in a statement that former player Candra Wijaya witnessed Kido collapse while playing badminton at a sports complex in Tangerang. Kido has played badminton at the venue every Monday.

The doubles specialist won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics partnering Hendra Setiawan, a year after the pair won the men's doubles title at the world championship in Kuala Lumpur.

He also won the World Cup title in 2006 and Asian Games gold four years later, also partnering Setiawan.

PBSI chairman Agung Firman Sampurna said Kido's death is a "huge loss" for the Indonesian badminton family, which is currently preparing for next month's Tokyo Olympics.

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Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru

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