Diego Maradona had a history of medical issues. He was discharged from the hospital just two weeks ago.
The sports world was shocked by the heartbreaking news on 25 November 2020. Legendary football player Diego Maradona became a memory after he died of a heart attack in his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
According to the Daily Mail, the 60-year-old Argentinian player was pale and felt cold on the morning of November 25. "I feel sick," he said, and went back to bed. A nurse found him shortly before noon and called an ambulance immediately, but the footballer was already dead before the paramedics could reach.
The world lost one of the greatest soccer players that ever lived Diego Maradona. It was one of the thrills of my life when I got to meet him. Rest In Peace my friend and my prayers go out to his family. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/SgQvij7a72— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 25, 2020
Maradona's death comes just two weeks after he was discharged from the hospital, where he had to undergo surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. He was soon to be treated for alcohol dependency as well, according to BBC News. The player has had a history of health problems.
"Diego Armando Maradona died around 12pm local time. The forensic police began their work at 4pm. No signs of any criminality or violence have been detected. The autopsy is being carried out to determine beyond any doubt the cause of death but we can say at this stage that everything is pointing to natural causes," said prosecution chief John Broyad, alluding to the death of the player.
Always in our hearts 💙— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 25, 2020
Ciao, Diego pic.twitter.com/I2gTWqdtdB
His controversial "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals in the 1986 World Cup is an almost-significant event in human history and was voted the "Goal of the Century." Maradona retired from football on his 37th birthday in 1997. He took over the responsibility of head coach for the Argentinan team in 2008. He gave up the position in 2010.
The death of the celebrated player sent shock waves across the globe. "You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime," wrote Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez.
The Argentinian president also declared three days of national mourning. "A very sad day for all Argentines and football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends," remarked Lionel Messi, according to BBC News.
Other players also came to share their heartfelt condolences. "What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky," tweeted Brazil legend Pele.
Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j— Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde 🏡) (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020
Apart from celebrities, thousands have taken to the streets to mourn the death of the footballer. His body will be taken to the Argentinian president's mansion, Casa Rosada, for a private viewing on 26 November 2020.
Before passing away, the player spelled out the message he wanted on his tombstone in an interview. "Thanks for having played football because it's the sport that gave me most happiness and freedom and it's like having touched the sky with my hand. Thanks to the ball. Yes, I would put on the tombstone, 'Thanks to the ball,'" said Maradona.