According to media reports in Italy and Argentina, Diego Maradona’s death cause is now being investigated as a murder.
This is an ongoing story which has just broken and more developments, as well as details, are coming through. But in Naples, Southern Italy, and Argentina, the death of the football legend has been hard to accept, and many had been waiting for these results to surface to vindicate the ‘football God’ from the suspicions of drug abuse which clouded his death.
There were no traces of alcohol and drugs in his system which have alerted the medical staff to investigate his death further.
Maradona death cause
Initially, it was thought Maradona had died from natural causes. New analysis carried out by experts from the Argentine forensic police department on the blood and urine of Diego Armando Maradona, who died on 25 November has shown that his death could have been caused by drugs which can force Cardiac arrhythmia.
A statement from the agency leading the investigation reads “The agency states that the drugs detected during the toxicological examination are “venlafaxine, quetiapine, levetiracetam and naltrexone”, and that some of these, according to experts, are “arrhythmogenesis”, that is, capable of producing arrhythmias.
So what does all this mean?
Diego Armando Maradona had no alcohol or illegal drugs, given his history with cocaine and other drugs, in his body when he died on November 25, but 4 psychiatric drugs. Were they the ones who killed him? This is what the investigators will now have to understand with the next exams. The analyzes that the experts of the Scientific Police carried out on the blood and urine of the former football player and which they delivered last night to the San Isidro Prosecutor’s Office indicate that Maradona had taken before his death «venlafaxine, quetiapine, levetiracetam and naltrexone.
Investigative sources indicate that some of the psychotropic drugs found are “arrhythmogenic”, ie they produce arrhythmias. Were they, therefore, the cause of Maradona’s death? Doctors and magistrates will now have to understand if those medicines were suitable for a patient with chronic heart disease like the one Diego suffered. “What emerges from these tests but also from the previous ones is that Maradona was given psychotropic drugs, but no drugs for his heart disease,” an investigator told the Telam agency.
Medical sources explained that Diego Maradona death cause could be because “venlafaxine is an antidepressant drug used to treat anxiety disorders, quetiapine is an antipsychotic also used for severe depression and some addictions, levetiracetam is an antiepileptic drug that acts on the central nervous system and can cause drowsiness and reduced ability to react, naltrexone blocks the effect of opioid drugs and is used to prevent alcohol withdrawal.
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