ARGENTINIAN football legend Diego Maradona has died after suffering a heart attack in his home country.
The 60-year-old is said to have passed away at home this afternoon.
Maradona only turned 60 last week but suffered a torrid birthday as he had to be escorted from the sidelines as he watched Gimnasia, the Argentinian team he was manager of.
The former Barcelona star was taken for brain surgery but was reportedly on the mend.
Flocks of fans turned up at an Argentinian hospital in recent weeks to wish their hero well as he battled to survive.
They arrived with flags and banners, while they chanted his name in support.
Since leaving hospital, it is said the football icon had been in rehab for alcohol dependency.
“Diego has gone through maybe the most difficult moment of his life and I think it was a miracle that they found this bleeding in his brain that could have cost him his life,” his lawyer said. – Sky Sports ■