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Maradona autopsy results revealed

Havana, Dec 24.- The death of Argentine Diego Armando Maradona, the best soccer player in history for many fans in the world, generated a wave of tributes worldwide, but also an investigation to find out the causes of his death, which occurred last November 25 at his home in Tigre.

This Tuesday the result of the autopsy of the former soccer player, who died at age 60, was released. Toxicological studies were carried out.

Maradona's blood and urine tests were negative for alcohol and narcotics. However, the presence of venlafaxine, quetiapine, levetiracetam and naltrexone, all psychoactive drugs, was found.

Some of the elements they found in the samples produce arrhythmia, something that is now under investigation. Maradona had a chronic heart disease and the aim is to establish whether the consumption of these psychoactive drugs was convenient for a patient in his condition.

"It is as important what appeared as what did not emerge from these laboratory tests, which at first glance confirm that Maradona was given psychoactive drugs, but no medication for his heart disease, said one of the judicial investigators of the case, cited by the La Nación newspaper.

The four medications are part of a treatment formulated by the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov. This combination is used to treat patients with alcohol addiction, depressive symptoms, and eventual depression.

However, none of these drugs is to combat Maradona's heart disease, which could complicate the situation for both Cosachov and the doctor Leopoldo Luque, who operated on Maradona for a subdural hematoma shortly before his death.

At the autopsy, Maradona's heart was also studied, in which dilated cardiomyopathy was detected. The organ weighed 503 grams, almost twice the size of a healthy heart.

With the result of the autopsy, now the prosecutors studying Maradona's case plan to convene a medical board to study whether the treatment was adequate and whether the death of the former soccer player could be prevented. (Jit) (Photo: File)