Diego Maradona died in November 2020.
  • Seven medical professionals charged with homicide in the death of Diego Maradona, ESPN reports.
  • Maradona's former neurosurgeon, Leopoldo Luque, is among those to have been charged.
  • A recent medical report said Maradona had received "deficient and reckless" care before he died.
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Seven medical professionals have been charged with "simple homicide with eventual intent" over the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona, according to ESPN.

The news was also reported by the AFP, which cited a "judicial source."

Maradona died aged 60 in November 2020 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Two weeks prior to his death, the star had undergone brain surgery.

Leopoldo Luque, the neurosurgeon who performed Maradona's brain operation, and the former Napoli star's psychiatrist, Agustina Cosachov, are among those to have been indicted. Both have consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Two nurses, a nurse coordinator, a doctor, and a psychologist have also been charged.

If found guilty, those accused could face between eight and 25 years in prison, reports ESPN.

"After so many injustices, the case has come full circle," the AFP's source said.

Maradona's care was 'deficient and reckless'

An investigation into Maradona's death was opened by the San Isidro's prosecutors' office in late November.

Police searched the house of Luque as part of the investigation, while a medical board was also appointed to determine whether there was evidence of culpable homicide from Maradona's medical team.

The board revealed in a report earlier this month, per the BBC, that Maradona had received "deficient and reckless" health care before his death.

The 70-page report also stated that Maradona had become seriously ill about 12 hours before his death, during which period he was "not properly monitored."

In February, audio from a call on the day of Maradona's death showed Luque describing him as a "fatso" who was going to "s--- himself to death."

Maradona died in his sleep after suffering an acute pulmonary edema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, caused by congestive heart failure.

The Argentine had battled drug and alcohol addiction for many years, however a toxicological report revealed he had no alcohol or narcotic drugs in his body at the time of his death.

Maradona did, however, have drugs used to treat depression and anxiety in his blood at the time of his death, the report showed.

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