Investigators in Argentina stormed the house of Diego Maradona‘s doctor Leopoldo Luque in search of evidence to prove that the late Argentine football icon was murdered.
Maradona died on Wednesday, November 25, less than two weeks after surviving a brain surgery to treat blood clots. Before then, he had suffered a couple of medical complications which included obesity.
One of the things that characterized Diego Maradona‘s active life was his love for hard drugs which was believed to be the source of his health complications and the heart attack that reportedly killed him on Wednesday.
After his death, fingers began to point to his doctor Leopoldo. It is feared that the doctor had a hand in the untimely death of the 1986 FIFA World Cup winner. Hence, he is being investigated by Argentina’s investigators.
On Saturday, November 28, the investigators who stormed Diego Maradona‘s doctor’s house, also visited his hospital and picked up documents which they believed will help them to arrive at the real cause of Maradona‘s death.
In a statement the investigators issued on Sunday after the visits to Maradona’s doctor’s properties, the investigators said: “Yesterday [Saturday] the investigation and substantiation of evidence continued with the taking of statements from people including direct relatives of the deceased.
“By the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque.”
Before the investigation started, Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, had frowned at the doctor’s decision to discharge Maradona 8 days after his brain surgery. He also claimed that the ambulance that was called upon to attend to Maradona when he was in a critical state on Wednesday morning arrived 30 minutes late. Hence, he called for a full investigation into the late footballer’s death even though the doctor insisted that the ambulance arrived at Maradona’s house 12 minutes after the distress call.
“It is inexplicable that for 12 hours my friend has not had attention or control from the health personnel,” the lawyer wrote on social media on Thursday. “The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy.”
Also, Alfredo Cahe, Diego Maradona’s former doctor who worked for the late footballer for 30 years, faulted the way the footballer was handled before his death. He argued that the late footballer should have been treated the way he was treated when he was taken to Cuba in 2000 for cocaine addiction treatment.
“Diego wasn’t looked after as he should have been”, Cahe told Argentine news show Telefe Noticias.
“He should have been kept in hospital, not taken to a house which wasn’t properly prepared.
“I’m in a state of complete shock. I’ve had so many ups and downs with Diego for 33 years and he’s just died unusually.
“I have a lot of doubts. I don’t know why he was taken to that house.
“When he left the hospital it didn’t seem logical to me. He should have stayed in a place with good infrastructures, like when we took him to Cuba.”
In his reaction to the allegation that he contributed to the death of the late footballer, Diego Maradona’s doctor Luque organized a press conference at his home in Buenos Aires where he argued that “there was no medical error.”
“Diego did what he wanted,” the doctor added. “Diego needed help. There was no way of getting through to him.
“If I am responsible for something, it is of loving him and taking care of him, extending his life and improving it until the end. I am not responsible for this.”
As at the time of publishing this report, prosecutors in Argentina were still going on with the investigation to ascertain whether there was a man-made error in the death of Diego Maradona.