Argentine prosecutors investigate death of soccer star Maradona


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – DECEMBER 26: Former Argentinian legend and current coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata Diego Maradona gestures with a small replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy at the balcony of Government house after a meeting with President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez at Casa Rosada on December 26, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Ricardo Ceppi/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters)  —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 soccer star.

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

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.

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 soccer 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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