Legend Diego Maradona dies at 60

Story Highlights
  • Diego Maradona has died from at heart at home in Argentina at the age of 60
  • Comes just three weeks after he had surgery on a blood clot in his brain
  • Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, his life off the pitch including battles with cocaine and alcohol addition was equally well-known
  • He had a history of health problems including heart attacks linked to the abuse

Diego Maradona, just days after turning 60, died of a heart attack.

Argentina’s football legend died at home, his lawyer said just three weeks after a blot clot in his brain had been operated on.

In 1986, Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina, having knocked England out of the competition in a game that saw him score the legendary ‘Hand of God’ goal and another – generally known as one of the greatest goals of all time.

Considered one of the best players on the pitch of all time, his life off the pitch was similarly infamous – in the midst of drug and alcohol abuse wars.

Maradona's Hand of God was responsible for England's elimination from the 1986 World Cup
Maradona’s Hand of God was responsible for England’s elimination from the 1986 World Cup

He won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with the Italian Cup in 1987 and the Uefa Cup in 1991, during his tenure with Italy’s Napoli side.

But it was during these years, too that his cocaine addiction took root. He was issued a 15-month suspension for drug violations in 1991, the year he left the club.

In 1994, after failing a drug test, he was thrown out of the World Cup in America, before retiring from football in 1997.

He was admitted to a hospital suffering from heart attacks in 1999 and 2000, and used a respirator to breathe for the second time.

Maradona had recently been in hospital for surgery after suffering a bleed on the brain
Maradona had recently been in hospital for surgery after suffering a bleed on the brain

He was treated in a hospital again in 2004 for serious heart and respiratory complications due to his substance addiction.

To manage his weight, he has undergone two gastric bypass operations and has received treatment for substance dependence.

He had surgery to stop bleeding from his stomach in January and underwent knee surgery in July.

He was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being released to recover at home.

It was there on Wednesday that he died.

On Wednesday afternoon, UK time, the Argentine news outlet Clarin broke the news, describing the news of the passing of Maradona as having a ‘worldwide impact.’

Maradona’s lawyer confirmed the sad news. Soon, from all over the football world, tributes were coming in.

Maradona left the hospital just eight days after being admitted for emergency brain surgery on November 11.

On November 11, shortly before 6 p.m., the legendary former Argentine footballer was driven away from the private Olivos Clinic as hundreds of photographers’ fans sought to glimpse him.

The previous week, Maradona had been hospitalized and had to undergo an emergency operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Maradona pictured at the 2018 World Cup, where he watched Argentina from executive boxes

The ambulance carrying him leaving before accompanying the vehicle was filmed by Argentine TV reporters traveling on motorbikes to broadcast every inch of his journey.

Matias Morlahas, his lawyer, said the 60-year-old would continue to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse.

Maradona, who was the coach in his home country of Gimnasia y Esgrima, has been admitted to hospital on many occasions since his retirement. He almost died in 2000 of cocaine-induced heart failure and underwent recovery for years.

Maradona, who was well known before and during his playing days for leading a wild lifestyle, had a gastric bypass procedure to lose weight in 2005 and was treated for alcohol-induced hepatitis again two years later.

He also fell ill at the last World Cup in Russia, when Argentina took on and defeated Nigeria in Group D, he was filmed passing out in the executive box.

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