Buenos Aires, May 21 (MNN) Seven medical professionals have been placed under formal investigation for simple homicide in the death of international footballer Diego Maradona.
Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, died of a heart failure on November 25, 2020 at a rented residence outside Buenos Aires two weeks after undergoing brain surgery. He was 60.
The former Argentine footballer had suffered a series of medical problems, some due to excesses of drugs and alcohol. He was reportedly near death in 2000 and 2004.
Maradona’s autopsy determined that he died in his sleep of acute pulmonary edema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, because of congestive heart failure.
A medical board’s report given to prosecutors this month concluded that Maradona was in agony for more than 12 hours, did not receive adequate treatment and could still be alive if he had been properly hospitalised.
Maradona’s family has demanded justice and holds neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and others responsible for his death.
The prosecutors’ office appointed a medical board to determine if there was evidence of culpable homicide from Maradona’s medical team.
If proven guilty, Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz, potentially face eight to 25 years in prison.
The seven defendants are not allowed to leave the country and their testification will begin from May 31.