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:
A inspiração e o amor marcaram a jornada de Rei Pelé, que faleceu no dia de hoje.
Amor, amor e amor, para sempre.
Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today.
Love, love and love, forever.
His daughter, Kely Nascimento, later posted this on Instagram:
Tudo que nos somos é graças a você. Te amamos infinitamente. Descance em paz. 💔 💔 💔
Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace 💔 💔 💔
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.
Admitted since November 29 for a reassessment of chemotherapy therapy for colon tumor and treatment of a respiratory infection, Edson Arantes do Nascimento presents progression of the oncological disease and requires greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions.
The patient remains hospitalised in a common room, under the necessary care of the medical team.
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His family spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with him at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital.
Insta family, our Christmas at home has been suspended. We decided with the doctors that, for various reasons, it would be better for us to stay here with all the care that this new family at Einstein gives us!!
On Boxing Day – the day Pele allegedly died, Kely Nascimento posted about making through “another night with him”.
We always have a lot to be thankful for, even spending Christmas in the hospital we are aware of the privilege it is to be in a hospital like @hosp_einstein.
To see our dad being treated by these professionals, super competent and extremely caring. Not a moment goes by that we forget this privilege. Even in sadness we can only be thankful.
Thank you for being together, thank you for all your affection, thank you that I can be here now with him. Merry Christmas.
Lots of health, lots of love, lots of joy, lots of laughter and lots of passion, today and always, for all of you. 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.
These moments are hard to explain. Sometimes there is a lot of sadness and despair, other times we laugh and talk of fun memories. And what we learn most from all this is that we have to look for each other, and hold tight. Only then it’s all worth it with all of us together.
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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