Death on November 25, 2020, just a few weeks after being hospitalized again, the death of Diego Maradona still arouses shock but also speculation while an investigation was opened against the ambulance attendants who came to his aid. This Wednesday, December 23, the British tabloid The Mirror made new revelations about the disappearance of the football legend. According to them, El Pibe de Oro had no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system when he took his last breath. However, he suffered from “major problems of the heart, liver and kidneys.” In contrast, a prescription drug cocktail consisting of quetiapine, venlafaxine and levetiracetam was found.
While the first drug is used to treat mood disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, Venlafaxine is an antidepressant given to treat panic attacks. Levetiracetam, on the other hand, belongs to a class of anticonvulsant drugs and is used to treat epilepsy along with other molecules, thus reducing the number of seizures. Traces of Ranitidine have also been found in Diego Maradona, a drug used against indigestion and heartburn and under investigation in the United Kingdom as suspected of increasing the risk of cancer. And while some of these drugs can cause cardiac arrhythmia, there would be “no evidence that Diego Maradona was undergoing treatment for the heart disease he suffered from.”
Diego Maradona’s health at its lowest
As a reminder, the 1986 world champion died a few weeks after his 60th birthday celebrated on October 30, 2020 as a result of secondary acute pulmonary edema as well as exacerbated chronic heart failure. The deceased’s doctor was indicted for manslaughter. The Argentinian’s health was at an all-time low. Indeed, after his death, it was revealed that Diego Maradona suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, could lead to acute renal failure, coronary heart disease as well as myocardial fibrosis.
His health at its worst ©