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Maradona Dies Of Heart Attack At 60

"I feel sick" were the last words of the 60-year-old footballer who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986

November 26, 2020

Legendary footballer Diego Maradona died of a massive heart attack on November 25 at his home just two weeks after he was released from hospital following surgery for a bleed on his brain.

"I feel sick" were the last words of the 60-year-old footballer who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986.

He was instrumental in knocking out England in the quarter-final with the infamous 'Hand of God' goal and another - later voted 'Goal of the Century.'

Maradona turned 60 on October 30.

Maradona lifting the World Cup. Courtesy: YouTube

On November 25 morning the legendary footballer came down for breakfast looking pale and complained that he felt cold.

He told his nephew that he wasn't feeling well and returned to his bed, reported

Shortly before noon a nurse discovered Maradona and phoned for help but he was dead before paramedics arrived.

Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of mourning.

In a tweet, Fernandez wrote, "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."

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro also lamented the death of Maradona, whom he considered a close friend.

"With much sadness, the legend of football has left us, a brother and unconditional friend of Venezuela. Dear and irreverent 'Pelusa', you will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. I have no words at the moment to express what I feel. Farewell, America's Pibe!" he tweeted.

Thousands of mourners poured onto the streets of Buenos Aires and Naples in Italy to honour Maradona as stadiums across Europe fell silent ahead of Champions League clashes that were slated later on the night.

Maradona is survived by five children, including his daughters Dalma (33) and Ganina (31) by his first and only wife Claudia Villafane (58).

He was married to Villafane from 1984 to 2004.

His youngest son Diego Fernando was born in 2013 with his long-term girlfriend Veronica Ojeda.

Meanwhile, he only acknowledged Diego Junior (34) and daughter Jana (23) in the last five years, both born after short flings.

Maradona's body is scheduled to be taken to the Argentinian's president's mansion, Casa Rosada, in the Olivos for a private viewing.

Hand of God. Courtesy: The Telegraph

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