Football: Brazilian legend Pelé dies at 82
Pelé’s family have just announced the death of the Brazilian legend. The former Brazilian footballer died at the age of 82. On Instagram, one of her daughters Kely Nascimento broke the news. “We love you to infinity, rest in peace,” she wrote from Albert-Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. Pelé had been admitted to this hospital for exactly one month for the treatment of colon cancer. For a few days his state of health had been deteriorating, his daughter had also taken the floor to explain this difficult period.
The hospital said in a statement that the death was caused by “multiple organ failure”.
The only footballer to have won the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pelé, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was elected athlete of the century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999. The announcement of his death is a shock for all football fans, eleven days after the end of the World Cup in Qatar, and just over two years after that of Diego Maradona.