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29.11.2020 Football News

Investigators Search Doctor’s Office In Maradona Death Probe

By Reuters
Investigators Search Doctor’s Office In Maradona Death Probe
LISTEN NOV 29, 2020

Argentine justice officials on Sunday seized medical files from the doctor of Diego Maradona as part of their investigation into the recent death of the football star.

Maradona died at age 60 on Wednesday after a heart attack.

The search order was requested by prosecutors in the affluent Buenos Aires suburb San Isidro and signed by a local judge, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor's office.

"Yesterday (Saturday) the investigation and substantiation of evidence continued with the taking of statements from people including direct relatives of the deceased," it said.

"By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque," the prosecutor's office said in the statement.

The prosecutor's office provided no information on what prompted the investigation.

"They took the clinical files," Luque told local television after law enforcement officers searched his home and office.

"There was no medical error," Luque said, adding that he not responsible for the death of the soccer player who catapulted to international fame and semi-devine status at home after leading the Argentine team that won the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona had struggled for years with substance abuse issues. "I did the best I could with Diego. He needed help," Luque said.

Maradona's lawyer, Matias Moria, on Thursday said he would ask for a full investigation of the circumstances of the football legend's death, criticizing what he said was a slow response by emergency service.

"The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy," Matias said on Thursday in a Twitter post.

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