Police Raid Maradona’s Doctor In Investigation Of Soccer Star’s Death

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Carlie Porterfield   Forbes U.S. Staff

Police Raid Maradona’s Doctor In Investigation Of Soccer Star’s Death

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Police in Argentina raided the home and office of soccer legend Diego Maradona’s doctor over the weekend, less than a week after the star died of a heart attack and amid an investigation into his death at age 60.

KEY FACTS

- A judge gave prosecutors a warrant to search Dr. Leopoldo Luque’s house and clinic in San Isidro, a wealthy community northeast of Buenos Aires, on Sunday, according to Reuters.

- A statement from the prosecutors said the move was deemed imperative based on statements from Maradona’s immediate family members, but offered no other explanation for the investigation.

- Argentinian media outlets, citing anonymous sources, have reported authorities are looking into the possibility of charges related to "culpable homicide,” or involuntary manslaughter, according to translations by Deutsche Welle. 

- Luque oversaw Maradona’s surgery to remove a blood clot in his head in November and continued to monitor the soccer star’s health as he was treated for alcohol dependence after.

- After the raid, Luque told an Argentinian television station Maradona’s death was not his fault, saying “I did the best I could with Diego. He needed help,” according to Reuters.

KEY BACKGROUND

The news of Maradona’s passing on Wednesday sent shockwaves around the world, as millions mourned the death of one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Nowhere was the grief more acute than his home country of Argentina, which venerated Maradona as a larger-than-life hero after he pushed the country to a World Cup victory in 1986. Tens of thousands of fans paid their respects to Maradona during a public viewing last week before he was buried. According to the Associated Press, crowds stretched out for 20 blocks from Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, where the viewing was held. “Diego is not dead, Diego lives in the people,” the crowd chanted as Maradona was taken to be buried on the outskirts of the city, according to the news agency.

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Carlie Porterfield   Forbes U.S. Staff

I am a Texas native covering breaking news out of New York City. Previously, I was a Forbes intern in London. I am an alum of City, University of London and Texas State University.