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20th May 2021

Seven people charged with homicide in death of Diego Maradona

Claudia McInerney

A doctor who carried out surgery on Maradona is among those charged with homicide.

Seven people have been charged with homicide in relation to the death of Argentinian football legend, Diego Maradona.

Maradona died at the age of 60 from heart failure on 25 November 2020 from heart failure, just weeks after undergoing brain surgery.

His family had suspected something was not quite right surrounding the footballer’s death following his surgery, which prompted an investigation into the situation.

Police in Argentina raided the house and clinic of Dr Leopoldo Luque, the surgeon who performed surgery on Maradona, in the days after the player’s death. Dr Luque denied any wrongdoing.

A medical board that was appointed to investigate the 60-year-old’s death found that his medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner” before his death, according to a report seen by Reuters.

Now, according to ESPN, prosecutors in Argentina have said that seven people, including Dr Luque, have been charged with “simple homicide with eventual intent”.

According to the report, two nurses, a doctor, a psychologist and a nurse coordinator have also been charged.

The report adds that audio recordings of private discussions between doctors and people from the footballing icon’s entourage have since been leaked to the press, recordings which indicate that Maradona was not being properly cared for prior to his death last year.

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