Maradona was buried ‘without his HEART to prevent fans from stealing it’, journalist claims

Maradona was buried ‘without his HEART to prevent fans from stealing it’, journalist claims

  • Doctor and journalist Nelson Castro claims Maradona’s heart was removed before he was buried
  • He claims a conspiracy has been discovered through which fans would have stolen the organ
  • Castro said Maradona’s heart was removed before his funeral to protect it
  • Maradona’s body was placed next to his parents in a private ceremony
  • He added that the removal of the heart was also done so that experts could study it



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Football icon Diego Maradona was buried without his ailing heart to prevent fans from stealing it, according to a top doctor who also works as a journalist.

Nelson Castro, 66, a physician and writer from Argentina, hosts a political debate program on TV channel Todo Noticias called ‘El Juego Limpio’ – which translates to ‘Fair Game’.

And while appearing on another show, “La Mesa de Juana Viale,” Castro spoke about his new book “Diego’s Health” which focuses on former football player Maradona.

During his performance on the show, Castro claimed: the football legend was buried without his heart after learning there was a plan to steal it.

Neslon Castro, 66, a doctor and writer from Argentina (pictured), appeared on 'La Mesa de Juana Viale' when he claimed that former football player Diego Maradona was buried without his ailing heart to prevent fans from stealing it

Neslon Castro, 66, a doctor and writer from Argentina (pictured), appeared on ‘La Mesa de Juana Viale’ when he claimed that former football player Diego Maradona was buried without his ailing heart to prevent fans from stealing it

Diego Maradona (file image from 2007) died in his sleep on November 25, 2020, after a cardiac arrest

Diego Maradona (file image from 2007) died in his sleep on November 25, 2020, after a cardiac arrest

Diego Maradona (file image from 2007) died in his sleep on November 25, 2020, after a cardiac arrest

Instead, he said, the body was buried in a private funeral next to his parents at the Jardin de Bella Vista cemetery in Bella Vista, Buenos Aires, where it was placed in the grave without his heart.

Castro said access to all medical records had been a “team effort” and “extremely extensive” and that Maradona’s heart was so sick it was amazing that he had lived so long.

Although Maradona had a strong body that could withstand a lot, Castro, a heart disease expert, said “other people would have died,” reports local media outlet Infobae.

He added: “The problem is that he never wanted to recover properly.”

Castro made the claim about Maradona's heart as he spoke about his new book 'Diego's Health' (pictured)

Castro made the claim about Maradona's heart as he spoke about his new book 'Diego's Health' (pictured)

Castro made the claim about Maradona’s heart as he spoke about his new book ‘Diego’s Health’ (pictured)

Pictured: Thousands of people take to the streets in Buenos Aires on November 26, 2020 to pay their respects to Maradona after his death

Pictured: Thousands of people take to the streets in Buenos Aires on November 26, 2020 to pay their respects to Maradona after his death

Pictured: Thousands of people take to the streets in Buenos Aires on November 26, 2020 to pay their respects to Maradona after his death

Speaking about the decision to have the heart removed before the body was buried, he claimed that a group of football hooligans from Gimnasia football club had planned to “break in and take the heart out.”

He added that this did not happen because it was expected that there was a plot to steal his heart, “so his heart was removed” before such a plot could be carried out.

He said it had also been removed for examination with a view to getting more information about Maradona’s cause of death.

Castro added that Maradona’s heart weighed “half a kilo, while a heart usually weighs 300 grams.” He had a big heart because of other things, like his heart failure and because of the heart disease he had.”

Diego Maradona died in his sleep on November 25, 2020 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

After his death, his coffin was placed in the presidential palace in Argentina, with three of his playing shirts and an Argentine flag draped over the top.

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