Diego Maradona’s body has been taken to a morgue for a post-mortem to determine his cause of death “beyond any doubt”.
The Argentine suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on Wednesday at his home in Tigre.
His body has been taken to a morgue near the Argentine capital Buenos Aires for a post-mortem, although a state prosecutor has confirmed there are no signs of violence.
The prosecutor, working under the orders of Laura Capra, said: “Diego Armando Maradona died around 12pm local time. The forensic police began their work at 4pm.
“No signs of any criminality or violence have been detected.
“The autopsy is being carried out to determine beyond any doubt the cause of death but we can say at this stage that everything is pointing to natural causes.”
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Maradona fell unwell in late October after suffering a blood clot on his brain, and needed immediate surgery to remove the problem.
The World Cup winner was allowed home after surgery to continue his recovery and was said to be doing well.
But on Wednesday the Argentine suffered a fatal cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead.
The football world has been in mourning since the news broke, with Lionel Messi paying tribute on a “a very sad day for all Argentines.”
“He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal,” said Messi.
“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends. Rest in peace.”
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