Police in Argentina have launched an investigation into Diego Maradona’s death. The search was requested by prosecutors in the rich Buenos Aires suburb of San Isidro.
On Sunday, Buenos Aires police raided the home and private clinic of one of his doctors Luque, seizing an array of documents, medical records, mobile phones, and laptops from the doctor of Diego Maradona as part of their investigation into the recent death of the soccer star. They are working to establish whether the sporting great was treated with negligence prior to his death at the age of 60. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that no charges had been brought against the doctor, Leopoldo Luque, or anyone else, but the probe would continue.
Afterwards, Dr Luque told reporters that he had given investigators all records of his treatment of the footballer, as well as computers, hard drives and mobile phones. Growing tearful, he defended his treatment of the troubled star, who died on Wednesday. The doctor added that he was not Maradona’s chief physician, but part of a medical team. Maradona’s lawyer had also called for an investigation after reports emerged that an ambulance took half an hour to reach the footballer’s home after an emergency call was made from his home. As per reports, Luque was the one who called emergency services at his home on November 25. Maradona was on 24-hour medical surveillance when he suffered from a heart attack and died in his sleep. According to the autopsy report, Maradona died from a cardiac arrest and wet lungs.
The investigation into the footballer’s death has been launched by the Buenos Aires prosecutor’s office as reports of irregularities and negligence surfaced. Maradona was supposed to receive treatment for his alcohol addiction after recovering from the surgery aftermath. The 60-year-old, one of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona died in a house outside the Argentinian capital where he had been recovering from a brain operation on November 3. The surgery was done to remove a blood clot in Maradona’s brain. He had suffered from a long series of medical issues, some related to overindulgence in drugs and alcohol. He was buried on Thursday in a private ceremony attended by just two dozen people.