Thousands of fans took to the streets to bid farewell to Argentina football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. Maradona is lying in honor for public viewing at Argentina’s presidential palace, Casa Rosada, following his death aged 60.
Maradona died on Wednesday from a heart attack at his home, despite attempts to revive him, two weeks after he had been released from hospital following brain surgery (subdural hematoma, more commonly known as a blood clot on the brain). According to a press release from the attorney investigating the death, Maradona’s nephew Jonatan Espósito was the last person to see him alive on Tuesday.
Boca Juniors switch off all the lights at their iconic La Bombonera Stadium and leave only Diego Maradona's box lit up. 😥🇦🇷10 pic.twitter.com/aEszabc3Uz
— Christian Martin (@askomartin) November 26, 2020
Hoards of fans gathered at the palace in Buenos Aires after the doors opened for the general public at 6 a.m. local time on Thursday. President Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of mourning to honor Maradona. A national hero in Argentina.
Numerous vehicles escorted the car carrying Maradona’s body from the San Fernando hospital to the Casa Rosada’s presidential palace in Buenos Aires.
Argentina president Alberto Fernandez had offered the use of the government building to Maradona’s family.
“His unparalleled footballing skill transformed him into one of the best-known people in the world, crossing frontiers and being universally recognized as the world’s best player,” the official mourning decree read.