Maradona’s death is still shrouded in mystery and accusations

Screen with a tribute to Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires 11/29/2020 REUTERS/Alejandro Pagni

Screen with a tribute to Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires 11/29/2020 REUTERS/Alejandro Pagni

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THE death of maradona completes a year this Thursday, 25, still shrouded in mystery, accusations, intrigues and a series of indictments made by the Argentine Justice. On November 8, those responsible for investigating the case confirmed the indictment for the possible intentional homicide of seven people who took care of the health of the ace before his death.

Homicide with eventual intent is one in which a person predicts that their actions could result in the death of another. Even so, proceeds with the action, taking the risk of killing. Maradona died on November 25 of last year, aged 60, a victim of cardiopulmonary arrest.

In April of this year, experts summoned by the Public Ministry of San Isidro presented a report that determined that the star’s health care was “irresponsible and inadequate”. According to this analysis, if Maradona had been hospitalized soon after surgery to treat the brain hematoma in early November, he would have had a better chance of surviving. And they maintain that “the patient was left to his own devices.”

Maradona was too giant to have been abandoned on his deathbed, like a dying man, as defended by those who accuse the professionals who took care of his health. Argentina is seeking a verdict on the last days of the star’s life.

Right now, there are more questions than answers, more intrigues than clarifications about his death. O state it records points scored by the experts who studied the case and who were referred to experts who participated in the medical board to assess whether they were in agreement with its conclusions. The health professionals mentioned in this report had already been denounced and were under investigation. Now they’ve been officially indicted. If convicted, the penalty could be eight to 15 years in prison.


he should remain hospitalized

Although it is counter-factual to claim that Diego Maradona would not have died if he had been properly hospitalized, given the situation documented in the reports of the days prior to his death, experts agree that he would have had a better chance of survival if he remained in the hospital.

medical practice

The performance of the health team responsible for Maradona was inadequate, deficient and irresponsible, as recorded in the investigation report after he won his house in Buenos Aires.

His condition required maintenance at the clinic.

In accordance with good medical practices and once the acute pathology that motivated his admission to the Clínica de Olivos (subdural hematoma) was resolved, and considering the psychiatric clinical picture and poor general condition, he should have continued his rehabilitation and interdisciplinary treatment in an appropriate institution. , not at home.

he didn’t answer for himself

Maradona, at least since being admitted to the hospital, was not in full use of his mental faculties or in a position to make decisions about his health.

agonizing period before death

Maradona began to die at least 12 hours before 12:30 pm on 11/25/2020, that is, he presented unmistakable signs of a prolonged agonizing period, therefore, the experts concluded that the patient was not properly controlled from 12:30 pm on that day. The patient’s life-threatening signs were ignored. In the audio recording of 11/25/2020, a situation: “last week I said I had to get up because it could cause pulmonary edema”. Audio by Taffarel uploaded on November 18th and 19th, 2020 (refers to the fact that Maradona is bloated).

no patient control

Nursing care during the stay at home, after leaving the Clínica de Olivos, is marked by deficiencies and irregularities, as was widely explained in the records. There was no control over the patient’s movements. Maradona did not present correct controls and assistance from medical-assistance, nursing and therapeutic companions, neither at the time nor in the form. As dictated by good practice regulations.

No psychological record

There is no record of home psychological care after leaving the Clínica de Olivos, which experts consider essential for the proper treatment of the pathology that Maradona presented. Although there was an adequate prescription of dose and dosage for her toxic phrenic disorder, in this regard, specialists do not rule out that this drug has not influenced the fatal outcome, since controls were not carried out in the 14 days prior to death.

random health status

It appears from the documentary analyzed by the Interdisciplinary Medical Commission that the assistant medical team fully and fully represented the possibility of a fatal outcome in relation to the patient, being absolutely indifferent to this issue, not changing their behaviors and plans/medical care outlined and maintaining the Harmful omissions mentioned, leaving the patient’s health status “to chance”.


It has also been a year since everyone involved with Maradona alive in his last moments responds to criminal actions and has to explain themselves in regular hearings. This Thursday, when one year after Diego’s death, there must be a national commotion in the country, in order to put even more pressure on the Justice to speed up its conclusions and deliberate on the case. Maradona’s family follows everything closely, sometimes with more exacerbated accusations, sometimes waiting for an outcome that can help to understand what actually happened. O state brings a profile of the professionals who assisted Maradona on his deathbed.

The doctor

Leopoldo Luciano Luque, neurosurgeon, in addition to being one of the doctors to operate on the star on November 3, 2020, was in charge of the home care of the shirt 10. In January, dialogues between Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, of the day, leaked of Maradona’s death, in which they discuss Diego’s health. Among the leaked messages is the neurosurgeon’s response to a message with a screenshot of a television vehicle already speculating about the possible death, to which he replies: “Yeah, man, looks like the fat guy had a cardiorespiratory attack and he’s for dying. I don’t know what he did. I’m going there,” he wrote. Leopoldo Luque, the main defendant in Maradona’s death, even asked for the experts’ report to be annulled, alleging impartiality of the professionals.

the psychiatrist

Agustina Cosachov was one of those in charge of overseeing Maradona’s health status and reporting it to the family. She is accused of having guaranteed in a certificate that, in October 2020, Diego’s mental health was in good condition. In the dialogue that spread from her 33-minute conversation with physician Leopoldo Luque before confirming his death, she recounts, among other things, the moment when they found him lifeless. “We entered the room and he was cold, cold. With all the circulation checked. We started to try to revive him and he recovered his tone a little, let’s say, his body temperature came back a little. All this, more or less, took 10 minutes in which we did manual CPR, say between the nurse, “El Negro”, me and “Monona” (the cook) and only then did the ambulance arrive. Now they are proceeding. But they don’t tell us how the situation is. I went out and they don’t tell me anything,” he complained to the neurosurgeon.

the psychologist

Carlos Ángel “Charly” Díaz played an extremely important role in medical decisions. He worked shoulder to shoulder with psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque.

the doctor

Nancy Edith Forlini was the doctor who led Maradona’s hospitalization, as she worked as the coordinator of the group of doctors who attended the ace at the Swiss Medical clinic and, later, the home care treatment to which he was sent right after the surgery. She warned, via a WhatsApp message, in a group called “Tiger” (place of the house where the ace was undergoing home treatment), that it was necessary to call an ambulance after the ace presented vomiting soon after eating Provençal shrimp. However, no emergency was triggered.

the head of nurses

Mariano Perroni was the head nurse who stated in his testimony that he was responsible for “demanding attendance from his subordinates, requesting reports on the change of guard and all matters relating to the administrative organization of personnel”. She also claimed that “it had no implications for Diego’s health, as he was not responsible for medical advice or for going home to perform some kind of nursing activity”.

The nurse

Dahiana Gisela Madrid was the nurse who worked taking care of Maradona during the day. She was at Tigre’s house at the time of the ace’s death. In addition, he admitted that he signed a false statement that he had been there at 6 am on November 25, the day of his death, and that he had tried to treat him, but that he had not been able to cooperate with the patient. “I did a report at Maradona’s house, after giving a statement to the Public Ministry because that was what Mariano (Perroni), head of the board of nurses, told me to do. I said I tried to measure his vital signs and he wouldn’t let me. , but the truth is that this did not happen,” she said in a statement to the court.

in charge of the night

Ricardo Omar Almirón was the nurse who worked the night shift. According to the Télam agency, Ricardo Almirón said that “from the beginning he noticed that Maradona had tachycardia, a heart rate above 100 at all times. He explained that he left all this noted in his shift reports, in addition to alerting the authorities doctors, Forlini and Cosachov, and there was no response from any of them”.

the element of surprise

Matías Morla, lawyer and former representative of Maradona, is not on the list of indictees, but he is one of the suspect elements in the plot that involves the death of shirt 10. In an interview with La Nación newspaper, he declared that “Maradona did not need a lawyer, but from a family”. The bad relationship he has with Dalma and Gianinna, daughters of the ace, is public. For them, the ex-representative shielded the approximation of family and friends. “Diego died due to a strictly medical problem, but both Dalma and Gianinna want to get me involved. I’ve always done everything to make him live better, not so that he would die,” Morla said in an interview with La Nación newspaper in May.

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