Argentine football legend ‘Diego Maradona’ dies of heart attack aged 60 two weeks after brain bleed

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Argentine football legend ‘Diego Maradona’ dies of heart attack aged 60 two weeks after brain bleed.

The former Argentina forward suffered a cardiac arrest in his home in Tigre, Argentina.

His death comes two weeks after surgery following a bleed on the brain.

Maradona has suffered a long battle with his health with numerous trips to hospital as he turned 60 last month.

The footie legend had spent eight days on a ward after he was admitted for an emergency operation for a blood clot on the brain.

Diego Maradona in hospital

His lawyer Matias Morla described it as a “miracle” he was still alive just two weeks ago and described the surgery as the “most difficult moment of his life”.

Maradona’s ex-girlfriend insisted shortly before his subdural haematoma was discovered that he needed urgent treatment for his ‘real problem’ – alcohol addiction.

Rocio Oliva spent six years with the recovering drug addict and came close to marrying him before their split at the end of 2018.

Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and was the inspiration for Argentina’s success in ’86.

He also led the country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy and managed them in South Africa in 2010.

There will be a minute’s silence at all UEFA matches tonight and tomorrow.

The AFA said on Twitter:

“The Argentine Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.

“You will always be in our hearts.”

England captain Harry Kane said:

“Privileged to have met him. Very sad news. RIP Diego Maradona.”

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