Maradona’s doctor has home and office searched as star’s death investigated | World News

Searches have been carried out at the home and office of Diego Maradona’s doctor as part of an investigation into the football legend’s death.

The move, ordered by prosecutors in Argentina, came after the 60-year-old national hero suffered a fatal heart attack last Wednesday.

The death of one of the world’s greatest ever players sparked a global outpouring of grief from the streets of Buenos Aires to Naples in Italy.

Personal physician of Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona, Dr. Leopoldo Luque
Dr Leopoldo Luque was Maradona’s personal physician
Argentina's soccer star team captain Diego Maradona kisses the World Soccer Cup won by his team after a 3-2 victory over West Germany on June 29, 1986 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City watched by Mexican President Miguel de La Madrid (L) and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. (Photo by STAFF / AFP) (Photo by STAFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Maradona led Argentina to its 1986 World Cup and was revered with cult-like status

The search orders were approved by a judge following inquiries, which included the taking of statements from family members.

The prosecutor’s office said: “By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque.”

It is understood investigators were trying to secure Maradona’s medical records.

His lawyer Matias Morla has already said he would be seeking a full investigation into the circumstances of the sporting icon’s death, criticising what he said was a slow response by emergency services.

“The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” he wrote in a Twitter post.

Maradona was buried next to the graves of his parents, Dalma and Diego, last Thursday in a private ceremony attended by only two dozen people

It followed a vigil at the presidential palace where tens of thousands of weeping fans lined up to file past the coffin of the player, who who led the country to a 1986 World Cup win and was revered with cult-like status.

There were violent clashes after the viewing was cut short, preventing many more people from paying their respects.

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Thousands mourn as Maradona buried

At the time of his death he was staying in a house outside Buenos Aires where he had been recovering from a brain operation.

He had suffered from a long series of medical problems, some of which were linked to drug and alcohol abuse.

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