Police raid house, clinic of doctor over Maradona’s death

Following Diego Maradona’s death days ago, Argentine prosecutors are investigating his doctor for possible manslaughter.

Already, Police in Buenos Aires have searched the house and private clinic of Leopoldo Luque as they try to establish if there was negligence in Maradona’s treatment following surgery.

Recall that the 60-year-old died of a heart attack at his home where he was recuperating.

His daughters have pressed for details about their father’s medication.

Maradona had a successful operation on a brain blood clot earlier in November and had been due to be treated for alcohol dependency.

In an emotional press conference on Sunday, Dr Luque – who was the footballer’s personal physician – cried, saying he had done all he could to save the life of a friend. He said Maradona had been very sad lately.

Dr Luque added that he was co-operating with the authorities.

Some 30 police officers raided Dr Luque’s house on Sunday morning – with another 30 going into his clinic in the capital Buenos Aires.

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The raids were ordered by prosecutors trying to build a picture of Maradona’s last days at home.

There are suspicions that the star’s convalescence at home might not have met the conditions of his discharge from the clinic, such as a 24-hour team of nurses “specialised in substance abuse”, the on-call presence of doctors and a stand-by ambulance equipped with a defibrillator.

Officials want to know how often Dr Luque went to see Maradona at his house.

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