Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams dies after 39 years in a coma

PARIS – Jean-Pierre Adams, former defender of France and Paris Saint-Germain who was in a coma for 39 years, has died. He was 73.

In a poignant homage on Monday, Paris Saint-Germain called him the “glorious elder of the club”.

“His zest for life, his charisma and his experience deserve respect. Paris Saint-Germain extends its condolences to his family and loved ones, ”Paris Saint-Germain said in a statement on Monday.

Jean-Pierre Adams on July 26, 1977 in France.AFP via Getty Images

Adams, cared for by his wife Bernadette, has been in a coma at his home in Nimes in the south of France since 1982.

He was injured in a game and had to undergo knee surgery. During the operation at the Lyon hospital, he fell into a coma due to an anesthetic error.

As a young boy, Adams left his native Senegal with a passion for football.

Spotted by Nimes in 1970, he scored 10 goals in 98 games for the club before making nearly 150 appearances and scoring 17 goals for Nice.

Adams moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1977 and played there two seasons. In 1981 he ended his career as a player after brief stints at Mulhouse and Chalon.

In 1972 he won his first international match for France and played 22 times for Les Bleus.

Although Adams was relatively small for a center-back at 5’10 inches, he formed an imposing partnership with Marius Tresor.

Adams made his last international appearance in 1976 in Denmark.

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