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Maradona's doctor tearfully denies responsibility for the fatal heart attack of the 60-year-old icon


Diego Maradona's doctor has tearfully denied any wrongdoing in his care for the iconic late-game football as the police investigation into his death continues.

Leopoldo Luque is being investigated for medical negligence and the police are treating the football player's death as a possible culpable murder.

But in his first media interview since the police raid today, the doctor said "someone is trying to find a scapegoat" where there is none.

The police raided the home of personal doctor Luque on Sunday and investigators are investigating all medical staff involved in his care.

Diego Maradona's death is being treated as a possible manslaughter and police have ransacked the home of his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque (pictured together).

Maradona died of "acute pulmonary edema and chronic heart failure," according to a preliminary autopsy report. He died in his sleep at noon while resting at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday. In the picture Maradona's coffin

Maradona died of "acute pulmonary edema and chronic heart failure," according to a preliminary autopsy report. He died in his sleep at noon while resting at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday. In the picture Maradona's coffin

Neurologist Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona's former personal doctor, speaks to journalists at his home in Buenos Aires today after police ransacked his home as part of an ongoing investigation

Neurologist Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona's former personal doctor, speaks to journalists at his home in Buenos Aires today after police ransacked his home as part of an ongoing investigation

Luque was at home when the search took place on the outskirts of Buenos Aires while Argentine television networks broadcast live images of police officers entering his clinic.

The searches were ordered after Maradona's daughters Dalma and Giannina made statements yesterday asking if the medication their father was receiving was adequate.

Argentine media reports that Luque could be questioned as an "imputado", someone officially investigated on suspicion of possible mala practice or negligence.

The doctor emotionally defended his treatment of the football legend after the police raid his home.

Luque burst into tears when he insisted that he had done everything he could to help the retired footballer in his first interview since investigators started their shock surgery to determine if Maradona had been the victim of medical negligence.

Tears ran down his cheeks as he insisted on a hastily arranged press conference at his home near Buenos Aires that lasted nearly 40 minutes when a "friend" had died and Diego was his worst enemy when it came to Accept help from professionals.

The police guard the entrance to Dr. Leopoldo Luque in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The police guard the entrance to Dr. Leopoldo Luque in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's former personal physician, is leaving the Olivos Clinic, where the late soccer star stayed in hospital after an operation in Buenos Aires earlier this month

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's former personal physician, is leaving the Olivos Clinic, where the late soccer star stayed in hospital after an operation in Buenos Aires earlier this month

He said, “I was shocked when the police showed up at my door. I will cooperate fully.

“I know what I did and what I did was beneficial for Diego until the last moment. I did my best.

“I feel terrible because a friend has died. I am not blaming myself for anything. It's very unfair what is happening.

“I haven't seen Diego & # 39; s daughters very often, but the rest of his family, siblings, and nephews love me.

“Someone's trying to find a scapegoat here if I don't see one anywhere.

"We all did our best with Diego."

He insisted that Diego had a problem with pills and alcohol, adding, “He was punishing himself in ways I wouldn't allow, not as a doctor but as a friend.

“I don't see good or bad people in any of this. We all did what we could. But Diego was the most difficult of them.

“You couldn't do anything if Diego didn't want to. He hated doctors and psychologists. It was different for me because I was honest with him. He was my friend.

“He should have gone to a rehabilitation center when he left the hospital, but he didn't want to.

"If I'm responsible for anything when it comes to Diego, it loved him and made his life better."

Maradona's lawyer Matias Morla last week called for a high-level investigation into the emergency response to the retired soccer player's death.

The police searched the house of the Leiboldat Leopoldo Luque on Sunday and investigators are investigating the measures taken by the medical staff

The police searched the house of the Leiboldat Leopoldo Luque on Sunday and investigators are investigating the measures taken by the medical staff

Morla said it took the first ambulance more than half an hour to reach the rented house north of Buenos Aires, where the former Naples and Barcelona star was suffering from heart failure.

He called the delay a "criminal idiocy" and complained that Maradona had not received any medical examinations in the 12 hours before his death.

It was later discovered that it took the first ambulance 11 minutes to reach the private estate in San Andres, near Buenos Aires. Maradona moved after leaving the hospital on November 11th after his cerebral clot surgery.

On Saturday it emerged that Maradona's nurse had admitted that she had lied about an early morning investigation.

Initial reports indicated that a 24-year-old nephew who lived with him at his San Andres home was the last to see him alive at breakfast on the day Diego died.

Maradona was one of the most gifted athletes of all time and almost single-handedly inspired Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

Maradona was one of the most gifted athletes of all time and almost single-handedly inspired Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

Maradona reportedly told his relative that I was not well before he went back to bed and died in his sleep, before investigators were told he never got up to eat on Wednesday.

Diego's nephew told investigators he last saw him when he went to bed around 11 p.m. on Tuesday. An uneaten nightly sandwich snack was one of the items the police found in his room.

A night shift nurse told investigators that he saw Maradona "slept and breathed normally in bed" at around 6:30 am on Wednesday.

A report in the hands of prosecutors who led an investigation into the death of the retired football player, leaked to Argentine media and signed by a nurse named Dahiana Gisela Madrid, who took over around the same time, said: “At 6:30 am I started my shift and the patient was resting.

Maradona (C) is kissed by his daughters Giannina (L) and Dalma when he attends the screening of the documentary "Maradona by Kusturica" ​​by the Serbian director Emir Kusturica at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival

Maradona (C) is kissed by his daughters Giannina (L) and Dalma when he attends the screening of the documentary "Maradona by Kusturica" ​​by the Serbian director Emir Kusturica at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival

At 7:30 a.m. he can be heard walking around his room. At 8:30 a.m., he continues to rest. At 9:20 a.m. he refuses to have his vital functions monitored. & # 39;

The health report from private medical firm Medidom is now at the center of an ongoing investigation after the nurse reportedly told investigators that she had never gone into Diego & # 39; s bedroom to check on him the morning of his death.

The local Telam news agency, quoting court sources in a report that was widely repeated in the Argentine press, said the nurse alleged in her second affidavit that she was "made to lie" for the Medidom report.

The witness added in that second statement that she was written in a report for Medidom, where she is part of the care team that helps people receiving home health care, that she had tried to monitor Maradona's vital signs when the The reality of this is that she's letting him rest, ”the report said.

It was not made crystal clear whether she claimed her bosses forced her to file the "wrong" report because they feared Maradona's death was negligent or her hand was coerced by others.

Psychiatrist Susana Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz, who were part of Maradona's care team, reportedly entered the room just before noon and made several unsuccessful attempts to revive it before calling 999.

Maradona passes the ball past Peter Shilton and opens the gate in the quarter-finals of the 1986 Argentina World Cup against England

Maradona passes the ball past Peter Shilton and opens the gate in the quarter-finals of the 1986 Argentina World Cup against England

A recording of Maradonas Leiboldo Luque's call to ambulance services indicating that he has suffered a suspected cardiac arrest has been leaked to Argentine media.

The 60-year-old former star from Naples and Barcelona was pronounced dead around noon on Wednesday. Initial results after death showed that the recovering cocaine addict, who also had alcohol problems, suffered from heart failure, which caused pulmonary edema.

Health professionals are also believed to have discovered advanced cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle weakens and enlarges and cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.

Pulmonary edema, the accumulation of fluid in the lung tissue and air spaces, is in most cases caused by heart problems.

Prosecutors are analyzing CCTV footage from the cameras on the property where Diego lived and the cell phones of the nurses who looked after him in the hours before he died.

Leopoldo Luque was not in the rented house Maradona was using when he died.

A judicial source told the prestigious Argentine newspaper La Nacion: "Since Luque was Maradona's personal physician, it was decided to search his home and office to look for any documents showing whether there were any irregularities during Maradona's treatment at home. "

It is believed that investigators are looking for details of the drug Maradona will be given, as well as his health records and other documents that could play a key role in the investigation.

30 police and judicial officers are said to be at Luque's home and another at his work address.

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