Argentine officials search home of Maradona's doctor while investigating soccer star's death

BUENOS AIRES – Argentine judicial officers are investigating the death of soccer star Diego Maradona and ordered his personal doctor’s property to be found on Sunday, a local prosecutor said.

Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60. The search warrant was requested by prosecutors in the affluent San Isidro suburb of Buenos Aires and signed by a local judge, according to a statement from the prosecutor.

“Yesterday (Saturday), investigation and substantiation of evidence continued with the inclusion of testimonies from individuals, including immediate relatives of the deceased,” it said.

“Based on the evidence gathered, it was deemed necessary to request searches of Doctor Leopoldo Luque’s home and office,” the prosecutor said in the statement.

The prosecution did not provide any information about what prompted the investigation.

Maradona lawyer Matias Moria said Thursday he would ask for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the football legend, criticizing what he described as a slow response from ambulance services.

“The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” said Matias on Thursday in a Twitter post.

Argentina declared three days of mourning after Maradona’s death.

He was buried Thursday after spending the day at Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace.

The colorful and outspoken star was the captain of the 1986 team that won his nation’s second World Cup title. He scored two goals in a 2-1 win over England in the quarter-finals in Mexico City, in which the USA is known to have helped him “Hand of God.”

Maradona’s natural talent for the game was evident from a young age. As a 10-year-old, Maradona appeared halfway through professional games and demonstrated an uncanny ability to keep the ball in the air with his feet, chest and head for minutes.

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His career has included positions with some of the most famous teams in the world, such as Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona, ​​Napoli FC, Sevilla FC and Newells Old Boys.

While scoring goals and trophies on the field, Maradona spent most of his life battling drug addiction, alcohol abuse, weight problems, and other health problems during the 1990s.

In his later years, Maradona said he used drugs, was healthier, and never lost his passion for the sport.

He is survived by his ex-wife Claudia Villafañe, three daughters, Dalma, Gianinna and Jana and two sons, Diego Fernando and Diego Sinagra.

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