The forensic examination did not find traces of drugs and alcohol in the body of the world football champion Diego Maradona, who died at the end of November, but found a number of psychotropic drugs. This was reported by the Argentine agency Telam, citing a source in the forensic medical examination.
Toxicological studies of blood and urine showed that the footballer’s body had traces of several antidepressants and psychotropic drugs.
We are talking about “Venlafaxine” – an antidepressant used to treat anxiety neuroses, “Quetiapine” – an atypical neuroleptic that is used in the treatment of chronic and acute schizophrenia, “Levetiracetam” – an antiepileptic drug with side effects in the form of drowsiness, and “Naltrexone” – antagonist of opioid receptors, specifies the TV channel “360”.
According to experts, a number of drugs that were found in Maradona’s body caused cardiac arrhythmias. The prosecutor’s office will convene a medical council to analyze the new facts and decide whether these drugs are suitable for patients with chronic heart disease, according to the website aif.ru.
Earlier, on December 2, Maradona’s last message was published, in which he urged his ex-wife’s boyfriend to take care of her and his son.
Maradona’s death became known on November 25. He died at a house in the San Andres area of Tigre, where he was recovering from an operation. The cause of death of the athlete is a heart attack.
On November 4, it became known that Maradona had brain surgery. The footballer was successfully operated on at a clinic in the city of Olivos after the appearance of a subdural hematoma. The operation lasted 1.5 hours. A blow to the head could be the cause of the hemorrhage. Maradona’s personal physician Leopoldo Luque stated that the hospitalization was not urgent.
The day before, it was reported that Maradona, who turned 60 on October 30, was taken to a hospital in La Plata for a series of examinations. It was clarified that the reason for the hospitalization was his emotional problems.
Diego Maradona was born in 1960 in Buenos Aires. He played 91 appearances and scored 34 goals for the Argentina national football team. He was world champion in 1986, two-time champion of Italy with the Napoli club and the champion of Argentina with the Boca Juniors.
In September 2019, Maradona headed Gimnasia, and before that he worked in the Mexican Dorados, Al Wasla and Al Fujairah from the United Arab Emirates, and also headed the Argentina national team.