Diego Maradona's Lawyer Urges Death Investigation, Calls Medical Response 'Criminal Idiocy'

The lawyer of Diego Armando Maradona has called for an investigation into the former soccer star's death, claiming his client was left waiting for 30 minutes for an ambulance.

Maradona, widely considered as arguably the greatest player of all time, died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack at a rented home in the suburb of Tigre, north of the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.

The 1986 World Cup winner was recovering from brain surgery he underwent on November 3 to treat a subdural hematoma. While the operation was successful, Maradona was under control of medical staff on a daily basis.

However, in a statement released on Thursday, Maradona's lawyer Matias Morla, who was the first to communicate the news of his death, stated the late soccer star was left unsupervised for half a day.

In a statement he published on Twitter, Moria said it was "inexplicable" Maradona had been left without "attention or control" for 12 hours describing as "criminal idiocy" the fact it took over 30 minutes to arrive at Maradona's residence.

Argentinian news agencies reported on Wednesday that nine ambulances arrived to try and revive Maradona after he was found lifeless.

"It is inexplicable that for 12 hours my friend has not had attention or control from the health personnel," Moria's statement read.

"The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy.

"This fact should not be overlooked and I will ask that the consequences be investigated until the end. As Diego told me: 'You are my soldier, act without mercy.'"

In his statement, Moria added the wake would be an "intimate and familiar moment".

He added: "To define Diego in this moment of deep desolation and pain I can say: he was a good son, he was the best soccer player in history and he was an honest person."

The Argentine government has declared three days of mourning and confirmed a wake would take place at Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, from Thursday to Saturday.

"You were the greatest of all," the Argentinian president Alberto Fernández wrote in a tweet.

"Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you all our lives."

Maradona played at four World Cups with Argentina, taking La Albiceleste to the title in Mexico in 1986, a tournament that established him as the greatest player in the world.

Maradona's virtuoso contribution throughout the World Cups included a stunning solo goal against England in the quarterfinals, in which he received the ball on the halfway line, before slaloming past opponents and score his team's second goal.

Earlier in the game, Maradona had opened the scoring with arguably the most infamous gesture of an unparalleled career, as he soared above England's goalkeeper Peter Shilton and used his fist to punch the ball into the net.

Four years after the triumph in Mexico, Maradona led Argentina to another World Cup final, but the reigning champions' hope of retaining the title ended with a 1-0 defeat against West Germany.

The tournament was held in Italy, the country where a large part of Maradona's legend was written.

The Argentine signed for Napoli in 1984 for a then-world record fee of $10.5 million and went on to inspire the Azzurri to two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990, as Napoli became the first club from southern Italy to win the league and break the hegemony of the Northern powerhouses.

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A flag with Diego Armando Maradona's face waving outside San Paolo Stadium on November 26 in Naples, Italy. Diego Armando Maradona died at 60 after a cardiocirculatory arrest while he was at his house in Tigre, Argentina, where he was spending his convalescence after brain surgery three weeks before. Francesco Pecoraro/Getty