When the most beloved athlete in a country dies prematurely at the age of 60, you can bet there are people who are going to want answers to why it happened, which is precisely what is taking place in Argentina right now.
Iconic soccer legend Diego Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 60 on Nov. 25, and as the country mourns, federal officials are going after the people who were in charge of treating him.
Roughly 60 officers raided two locations, taking medical records to try to find out how Maradona was being treated in his final days, and it appears they are targeting Leopoldo Luque, the personal doctor of Maradona, who died just weeks after undergoing surgery to relieve bleeding on his brain.
Authorities are trying to determine if Luque was negligent in his treatment of his most famous patient, and whether it could result in manslaughter charges being filed against Luque. In an emotional press conference, Luque said he was not Maradona’s chief physician, but instead a member of a team of doctors tasked with treating him. “I know what I did. I know how I did it. I am absolutely sure that I did the best for Diego, the best I could.”
At the center of his probe is the fear that Maradona was not being given proper post-op care following his surgery, and authorities are trying to determine how frequently Luque went to Maradona’s home. There were also reports that the ambulance service that was called took 30 minutes to arrive at the soccer legend’s home.
Maradona’s popularity is unmatched for a sports figure in Argentina. He led his country to the World Cup title in 1986, and was the head coach of Argentine Primera Division club Gimnasia when he died.