Diego Maradona’s brother Hugo has died at the age of 52 after suffering a heart attack. The Argentine passed away in Naples at 11.50am on Tuesday. And it comes just 13 months after Diego tragically passed away due to a cardiac arrest.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Hugo was found dead at his home after he suffered a cardiac arrest, like his brother.
While not as famous as his sibling, he still took to the field with Ascoli in Italy and Spanish club Rayo Vallecano during his playing career.
Hugo was in Malta last week overseeing a youth football training camp and his death comes three years after underwent surgery for a heart condition.
Diego’s brother had previously indicated that he was going to stand for elected office in Naples, the city that revered his brother.
However, just after Christmas, it’s now been announced that he’s passed away at the age of 52.
Speaking last year, Hugo opened up on the death of Diego and admitted he and his other family members were still suffering from their loss.
“My other brother and sisters suffer because of all these people who go out and talk about Diego,” he said.
“We have always been with him and we have never seen these people. I hope there are no social networks in heaven and that Diego rests in peace.
“Our family wants justice, but so many people talk about what happened that they confuse the people who loved Diego.
“Everyone claims to have been his friends. Why weren’t they with him then? This is an amazing thing.
“Everyone who talks about him on TV makes me angry, but not his daughters.
“The others are just looking for six months of fame.
“I found out about Diego’s death from my daughter. When I went outside that day before I found out, everyone was looking at me strangely.
“When I got home, my daughter called me and said that her uncle had died.
“I don’t know how I got home then. My brother worked miracles on the field, he was an alien.”
After Diego’s death in 2020, many tributes were paid from footballing figures around the world.
At the time of his passing Gary Lineker tweeted: “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego”
Lionel Messi also paid tribute with a celebration after scoring for Barcelona when he removed his shirt to reveal the jersey of Newell’s Old Boys – one of Maradona’s former teams.
Around one million people took to the streets of Buenos Aires for his funeral, and three days of national mourning were called in Argentina by the president.