Argentina legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after a heart attack. Matias Morla, Maradona’s longtime agent, confirmed the news to EFE on Wednesday.
A statement from the Argentine Football Federation reads: “The Argentine Football Federation through its President Claudio Tapia expresses its deepest pain at the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez also confirmed three days of national mourning after the news. Fernandez posted a photo of himself on Twitter, where he hugged Maradona with the message: “You took us to the highest place in the world. You made us incredibly happy. You were the greatest of all. Thank you for your existence, Diego. We will miss you for the rest of our lives. “
Retired Brazilian football star Pele mourned Maradona’s death in a brief statement provided to Reuters by a representative.
“Certainly, one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky,” he said.
Maradona had recently battled health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma several weeks ago. He suffered a heart attack at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, Argentine media and acquaintances from the former player said.
He is survived by his longtime partner, Veronica Ojeda, two daughters, two sons, several grandchildren and his ex-wife, Claudia Villafane.
Information from Reuters and the Associated Press was used in this report.