According to football legend, Diego Maradona’s former doctor of forty years, Alfredo Cahe, the footballer’s death was ‘a form of suicide’ .
Diego Maradona died in Argentina on November 25 from a cardiac arrest and has since been laid to rest, but Cahe believes the sporting legend may have stopped eating or taking his medication after falling into depression following brain surgery
Cahe, who treated Maradona between 1977 and 2007, claims one of Maradona’s girlfriends told him ‘Diego is fed up with living’
‘This just does not seem like a simple heart attack to me,’ he told an Argentine radio station on Sunday, December 20.
Dr Cahe also claimed that Maradona had attempted suicide once before, in Cuba, when he drove his car towards an oncoming bus but survived the impact.
He claims he asked Maradona afterwards whether he wanted to kill himself, and said the footballer replied: ‘Maybe someday, what do I know?’
In the days before Maradona’s death, Dr Cahe said he spoke with Veronica Ojeda – one of the footballer’s ex-girlfriends and mother of one of his children.
He claims Veronica told him: ‘You know Diego said he was fed up with living and didn’t want to carry on anymore because he has done everything.’
After learning that Maradona had spent his final days after brain surgery in a single bedroom of his house, Cahe concluded the sportsman had indeed been depressed.
‘Diego was tired,’ Dr Cahe told the radio hosts, before adding: ‘All of these events were the consequence of suicide.’
Dr Cahe also claimed to have seen Maradona in hospital in Argentina during his final days, and was critical how Maradona was cared for in his final days.
He accused the hospital of failing to prepare a proper nursing plan for him.
‘For me there was negligence, recklessness and inexperience, all three,’ he said.
‘In the clinic I did not see him with a total monitoring and I did not see him care with a constant and continuous nursing plan.
‘He was not taken care of properly. He should have remained hospitalized, not in a house that was not prepared [for him].’
Maradona died aged 60 in his residence located in the city of Tigre located in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires on 25th November.
He had suffered years of well-documented health struggles including battles with both alcohol and drug addiction as well as obesity before he died.
Prosecutor sewrcher his personal physician Leopoldo Luque’s home and office on Sunday as part of an investigation into alleged negligence.
Luque mounted a passionate defence of his treatment of the soccer legend after the searches, insisting: ‘If I’m responsible for anything when it comes to Diego, it was loving him, caring for him, improving his life to the end and extending it.’
Maradaona’s lawyer Matias Morla subsequently backed him by saying: ‘I understand and comprehend the work of the prosecutors but only I know, Dr Luque, what you did for Diego’s health, how you cared for him, accompanied him and how you loved him.
‘Diego loved you and as his friend I am not going to leave you alone. You left blood, sweat and tears and the truth always wins.’
The home and office of the former footballer’s psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov was also searched on Tuesday last week.m, as part of the ongoing investigation.
An initial post-mortem showed his heart failure caused a pulmonary edema.