Seven people charged with homicide in death of Diego Maradona 4 months ago

Seven people charged with homicide in death of Diego Maradona

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

Seven people have been charged with homicide of the death of the Argentinian football player, Diego Maradona.

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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 following Maradona's death.

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, prosecutors Argentina have said that seven people including Dr Luque, have been charged with "simple homicide with eventual intent," ESPN reported.

As reported by ESPN, two nurses, a doctor, a psychologist and a nurse coordinator have also been charged.

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Audio recordings of private discussions between doctors and people from the footballing icon's entourage have since been leaked to the press, according to ESPN. The recordings have indicated that Maradona was not being properly cared for prior to his death last year.