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Argentinian President Announces Three Days Of Mourning For Maradona's Death

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Argentinian President Announces Three Days Of Mourning For Maradona's Death

Argentina will have three days of national mourning after the news of Diego Maradona's death.

As reported by Reuters, the country's president, Alberto Fernandez declared the country will have a period of national mourning after the legendary footballer passed away, aged 60.

According to his lawyer, Maradona died after suffering a heart attack at his home.

It comes just two weeks after the World Cup winner left hospital where he underwent surgery on the brain.

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Reports claim that paramedics were called to the former Napoli player's home, but despite attempts to resuscitate him, he sadly died.

Since news of his passing was reported, there has been an outpouring of emotion, with people sending their condolences to his family and sharing their memories of watching him play.

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Cesar Luis Menotti, who guided Argentina and Maradona to the World Cup in 1978 has spoken out about his shock death.

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He said: "I'm devastated. I can't believe it. I'm absolutely gutted. There's no more I can say at this moment.

"I thought at first the news of his death was fake news but obviously it's what happened. It's terrible and a tragic surprise because measures had been taken to make sure he was being looked after."

Meanwhile, other footballers and clubs have expressed their condolences.

Former England and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker said: "By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he'll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego."

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Marcus Rashford shared a photo of Maradona, with the caption: "Legendary."

"RIP to legend," posted Usain Bolt.

A spokesperson for Napoli said: "Always in our hearts. Ciao, Diego."

Boca Juniors posted a photo of Maradona from his time with the club, with the caption: "Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego."

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Maradona captained his country to victory in 1986 and with spells at Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Sevilla, is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time.

Earlier this month, the icon was admitted to hospital to undergo surgery after suffering a blood clot on the brain caused by a head injury.

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Speaking on 2 November, Maradona's doctor, Leopoldo Luque, told reporters the procedure was a 'routine surgery'.

He added: "We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention."

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