How did Diego Maradona die? How Argentinian football legend's ill health led to his tragic death at 60

As per multiple reports, he suffered a heart attack two weeks after leaving the hospital where he underwent surgery on a blood clot in his brain


                            How did Diego Maradona die? How Argentinian football legend's ill health led to his tragic death at 60
Diego Armando Maradona (Getty Images)

Football legend, Diego Maradona died on Wednesday from a cardiac arrest. He was 60. As per multiple reports he suffered a heart attack two weeks after leaving the hospital where he underwent surgery on a blood clot in his brain. Widely regarded as one of the GOATs to play the game, his illustrious career saw him help Argentina clinch the World Cup in 1986. The news of his death was broken by the Argentinian news outlet, Clarin, said the news of his death as having a "worldwide impact".  

Prior to his death Maradona left hospital on November 11 after spending eight days there for emergency brain surgery. According to the Daily Mail he had driven away from the Olivos clinic just before 6pm on Wednesday. His lawyer Matias Morlahas said that the iconic player would continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency, according to the site. Maradona was expected to stay in a house nearby with his daughters.

His decorated career saw him play for Napoli, Barcelona, and Boca Juniors, and was known for the infamous "Hand of God" that ousted England from the 1986 tournament. He also had a coaching stint with Gimnasia y Esgrima in his home country. Ill-health was a factor that saw him admitted to the hospital on multiple occasions. Maradona almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000 and was in rehab for several years. 

The legend was known across the world for having an extravagant and wild lifestyle during his playing years and he even underwent a gastric bypass to lose some weight in 2005. Two years ago he was hospitalized for alcohol-induced hepatitis and was also ill during the last Football World Cup in Russia. While the final years of his successful career were masked in controversy, safe to say, his talents on the football pitch inspired generations.

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