Stefan Henze, the coach of Germany’s canoe slalom team has died from the injuries he sustained in a car crash last week in Rio de Janeiro.

The 35 year was travelling back to the Olympic village in a taxi when the car crashed into a concrete barrier.

Henze, who was a former Olympian who won a silver medal in the canoe slalom C2 at the 2004 Games in Athens, was taken to the nearest hospital for emergency brain surgery and his condition described as “critical”.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation, DOSB announced his death in a statement on its website, saying: “The coach of the German canoe slalom team at the Olympic Games succumbed to his head injuries in the presence of his family.

The DOSB will hold a memorial service in the Olympic village on Tuesday and the German flag will be flown at half-mast at all venues.