Football legend Diego Maradona’s medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner”, investigators said in a report shared with Reuters.
The 60-year-old Argentinian succumbed to a heart attack on November 25 last year, weeks after he underwent a brain surgery.
His death not only prompted a period of national mourning in the South American country where he was revered, but also sparked a flurry of accusation on who was to blame after his long battle with addiction and ill health.
Now, a probe into his last moments has concluded that he did not receive the best attention.
“The action of the health team in charge of treating DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) was inadequate, deficient and reckless,” the report said.
It noted that Maradona’s health had seriously deteriorated and he had been dying for around 12 hours before he passed away.
“He presented unequivocal signs of a prolonged agonizing period, so we conclude that the patient was not properly monitored from 00:30 on 25/11/2020.”
The football legend had undergone surgery on November 3, just four days after he celebrated his 60th birthday.
Reports indicate that he appeared in poor health, and had trouble speaking.
Maradona captained Argentina when they lifted the 1986 World FIFA World Cup. He is widely considered to be one of the best football players of all time.