Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona has died of a heart attack, his agent confirmed on Wednesday. Maradona was 60.
“The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest pain at the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona,” the Argentina Football Association said in a statement. “You’ll always be in our hearts.”
Maradona is considered one of the greatest ever in his sport, maybe the greatest ever. He led Argentina to the World Cup championship in 1986, where he scored his famous “hand of God” goal against England. It was so named because he touched the ball with his hand before scoring to give the Argentines a 1-0 lead. They went on to win, 2-1.
Maradona should have been given a yellow card for a handball incident, and the goal should not have counted. But referees did not have a clear view — and the goal was allowed.
After the match, Maradona described the goal as being scored via his head, “and a little with the hand of God.”
His struggles with cocaine are also well-documented. Maradona once said he was addicted to the drug from the mid-1980s to 2004. He also admitted to having weight issues, topping 280 pounds following retirement despite standing just 5-foot-5. He underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma, or blood clots near the brain, last month.
Argentina President Alberto Fernandez instituted three days of national mourning following the news of Maradona’s death.
“You took us to the highest place in the world. You made us immensely happy,” Fernandez posted on Twitter, with a picture of himself hugging Maradona.
“You were the greatest of all. Thanks for existing, Diego. We are going to miss you the rest of our lives.”
Brazilian soccer legend Pele also paid his respects to Maradona in a statement to international news outlet Reuters.
“Certainly, one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky above,” Pele said.