It is official – football legend, Pele, died after battling colon cancer in a Sao Paolo hospital.
Official : Football Legend Pele Died After Cancer Battle
For weeks now, the Internet has been rife with rumours that football legend, Pele, died after he was admitted to a Sao Paolo hospital in November.
Sadly, his agent, Joe Fraga, just confirmed that 82 year-old Pele died on Thursday, December 29, 2022. His death was also announced on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts:
His daughter, Kely Nascimento, later posted this on Instagram:
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940, Pele grew up shining shoes, and was introduced to the Santos’ youth squads by a local professional player.
Pele ended up playing 114 matches for Brazil, scoring a record 95 goals, and winning a record three World Cups. That earned him the moniker, “The King of the Beautiful Game“, and he was considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Pele Died After Battling Colon Cancer For Over A Year
The Brazilian football legend had a tumour removed from the right side of his colon in September 2021. Although his eldest daughter, Kely, said that he was “doing well”, he was reportedly admitted to intensive care a few days later. However, he was released on 30 September 2021 to begin chemotherapy.
On 29 November 2022, he was admitted to the Hospital Israelita A. Einstein (Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital) in São Paulo to reassess his chemotherapy and to treat a respiratory infection.
He was confirmed to have “decompensated heart failure”, which caused general swelling (edema), and was reportedly struggling to eat and had mental confusion, which led doctors to look into whether he was suffering from hepatic encephalopathy.
Last week, the hospital issued a statement saying that his cancer had advanced, and Pele was also experiencing renal and cardiac dysfunctions.
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His family spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with him at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital.
On Boxing Day – the day Pele allegedly died, Kely Nascimento posted about making through “another night with him”.
Three days later, she posted an update, to share that it has been a rollercoaster ride for the Pele family. At that time, she did not state that Pele had died.
Pele’s cause of death was listed as multiple organ failure as a complication of colon cancer.
Pele leaves behind his wife, Marcia Aoki whom he married in 2016, and seven known children, including Kely Nascimento and Edson “Edinho”.
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