Diego Maradona’s brother Hugo dies of a heart attack, 52 years old

Napoli on Tuesday paid tribute to Hugo Maradona, little brother of the Italian club’s former big player Diego, after his death from a heart attack at the age of 52.

The Argentine, who was also a professional footballer and came to Diego in Naples in 1987 at the age of 18, died at his home near Naples, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, died at the age of 60 in November 2020 due to a cardiac arrest.

“Thoughts from club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, vice-president Edoardo De Laurentiis, officials, the coaching staff, the players and the entire SSC Napoli family are with the Maradona family after Hugo’s sad passing.” Naples said in a statement.

Hugo Maradona was briefly in Naples and went on to represent clubs including Ascoli and Rayo Vallecano during a nomadic playing career in Europe, South America and Japan.

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