A doctor who treated Diego Maradona for three decades has insisted that his death was a “form of suicide” and that the football legend was “tired of life”.
Dr. Alfredo Cahe, who treated Maradona between 1977 and 2007, believes the Argentine athlete may have stopped eating or taking his medication shortly after his death following brain surgery following depression.
“It just doesn’t seem like a simple heart attack to me,” he told an Argentine radio station on Sunday.
Diego Maradona’s 30-year-old doctor has claimed that the sports legend’s death was “a form of suicide” caused by a deep depression that began after brain surgery (file picture).
Dr. Alfredo Cahe believes that after Maradona was released from hospital after surgery, he may have stopped eating or taking his medication, causing the cardiac arrest that killed him
Dr. Cahe also claimed Maradona attempted suicide once before in Cuba when he drove his car towards an oncoming bus but survived the impact.
He claims he asked Maradona if he wanted to kill himself and the footballer replied, “Maybe one day, what do I know?”
In the days before Maradona’s death, Dr. Cahe, he spoke to Veronica Ojeda – one of the soccer player’s ex-girlfriends and mother of one of his children.
He claims Veronica told him, “You know Diego said he was tired of living and didn’t want to go on because he did everything.”
After learning that Maradona had spent his final days in a single bedroom in his home after brain surgery, Cahe concluded that the athlete was indeed depressed.
“Diego was tired,” said Dr. Cahe the radio host before adding, “All of these events were the result of suicide.”
Dr. Cahe claims that one of Maradona’s friends Veronica Ojeda (together in 2010) told him the footballer was “fed up with life” because he “has done everything”.
Dr. Cahe also claimed to have seen Maradona in his final days in the hospital in Argentina and criticized the care he was receiving at the time.
He accused the hospital of failing to create an adequate care plan for the hero, of neglecting him while he was in the hospital, and of discharging him too early.
“For me there was all three of carelessness, recklessness and inexperience,” he said.
“I didn’t see him in the clinic with full surveillance, and I didn’t see him taking care of a constant and ongoing care schedule.
‘He wasn’t properly cared for. He should have stayed in the hospital, not in a house that wasn’t prepared [for him]. ‘
Maradona died on November 25th at the age of 60 in his residence in the city of Tigre in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires.
Before his death, he had had well-documented health problems for years, including struggles with alcohol and drug addictions, and obesity.
However, prosecutors are examining whether the football legend’s death could have been avoided and searched the house and office of his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque on Sunday as part of an investigation into alleged negligence.
Dr. Cahe also criticized the care Maradona received, saying that after the operation he should never have been discharged from the hospital in a house that “was not ready for him” (picture).
After Dr. Cahe had learned that Maradona had spent his last days in this room, he said he was convinced the sports hero was depressed
Passionately defending his treatment of the football legend after the raids, Luque insisted, “If anything, when it comes to Diego, it was to love him, to take care of him, to improve his life until the end, and to do it extend . ‘
Maradaona’s lawyer Matias Morla then supported him with the words: “I understand and understand the work of the prosecutors, but only I know, Dr. Luque, what you did for Diego’s health, how you looked after him, accompanied him and how you loved him.
“Diego loved you and as his friend I will not leave you alone. You left blood, sweat and tears and the truth always wins. ‘
The house and office of the former soccer psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov were also searched on Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation.
Maradona’s daughters Jana, Dalma and Giannina should point the finger at Dr. Luque have shown.
Maradona has reportedly been prescribed a cocktail of medications, including antidepressants and antipsychotics, to treat bipolar disorder.
Health experts say the cocktail of drugs could have put a strain on Maradona’s heart.
An initial autopsy showed that his heart failure caused pulmonary edema.
Medical professionals are also believed to have discovered dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged and cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
Pulmonary edema, fluid build-up in the lung tissue and air spaces are in most cases caused by heart problems.