Football legend Diego Maradona dies of heart attack

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Shortly before the announcement that shocked the world, Argentine media reported Maradona had suffered a serious health setback on Wednesday.

 

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60.

The former player underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a clot lodged between his brain and skull.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez immediately announced three days of national mourning in the South American country.

Shortly before the announcement that shocked the world, Argentine media reported Maradona had suffered a serious health setback on Wednesday.

Maradona has been admitted to hospital three times in the last 20 years for serious health issues -- two of which were potentially fatal -- due to his drug and alcohol addictions.

Maradona married his girlfriend Claudia Villafane in 1984 and they had two daughters- Dalma and Gianinna, and divorced in 2004. He also had a son, Diego Junior, born in Naples in 1986, although he only acknowledged paternity in 2004.

Along with Brazil's Pele, Maradona was known as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

The flamboyant player, best known for leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, scoring two famous goals in one game against England in the quarter-finals.

In Argentina, he was worshipped as 'El Dios' - The God - partly a play on words on his number 10 shirt, 'El Diez.'

He had celebrated his 60th Birthday on October 30. Before his birthday, Maradona had been isolating at home after coming into contact with a person who showed symptoms of COVID-19.

 

With inputs from media reports

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