- Diego Maradona’s personal doctor is being investigated by the police on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter over the Argentine soccer icon’s death, the BBC reports.
- Maradona, 60, died of a heart attack on Wednesday while recovering at home from brain surgery performed by the doctor, Leopoldo Luque, in early November.
- Luque has not been charged with a crime, denies any wrongdoing, and says he believes he is being made a “scapegoat” for his patient’s death.
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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor is being investigated by the police on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter over the Argentine soccer icon’s death, the BBC reports.
The police in Buenos Aires searched the house and private clinic of the doctor, Leopoldo Luque, on Sunday as part of an investigation into the treatment and drugs prescribed to Maradona following brain surgery he underwent in early November.
Maradona, 60, died of a heart attack Wednesday while recovering at his home. Two of his daughters, Dalma and Giannina, are understood to have raised concerns about his treatment, prompting the investigation into Luque.
Luque has not been charged with a crime and denies any wrongdoing.
“I feel terrible because my friend has died,” he was quoted as saying by the news outlet Clarin, adding: “I’m not one who is responsible for all this.
“I know what I did with Diego, and I know how I did it. I can explain it all. I’m absolutely certain I did the best that could have been done for Diego.”
Luque also said he believed he was being made a “scapegoat” for Maradona’s death.
Maradona, who starred for the Napoli and FC Barcelona club teams and for Argentina’s national team, had suffered numerous health problems over the past two decades, exacerbated by heavy drug and alcohol use.
On November 3, Luque, a neurosurgeon, successfully removed a blood clot from Maradona’s brain after Maradona had visited him to complain about a head injury.
According to The Times of London, a live-in nurse responsible for Maradona’s aftercare gave a testimonial that Luque argued with Maradona six days before his death.
The nurse also said she was “made to lie” by Luque about a morning check-up for the health report filed on day he died.
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