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Diego Maradona Buried Without Heart After Plot to Steal It: Report

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  • Argentine doctor turned journalist Nelson Castro says Diego Maradona was buried without his heart.
  • Fans of a team named Gimnasia planned to exhume the star and take his heart, he said in a TV interview.
  • “It never came to pass because it was an act of such enormous daring,” Castro said while promoting his new book about Maradona.

Soccer great Diego Maradona’s heart was removed before his burial so that a group of “hooligans” plotting to steal it couldn’t do so, a renowned Argentine doctor has claimed.

Maradona died in November 2020 after suffering a cardiac arrest, just days after having surgery for a bleed on his brain.

Speaking on Argentine television network El Trece, Nelson Castro, a doctor turned journalist, claimed that after Maradona’s death, his heart was removed when authorities discovered a plot to dig up the star’s body and take the organ.

The plot, Castro claimed, was orchestrated by a group of fans from Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, a soccer team from the city of La Plata associated with Maradona. He managed the club from September 2019 until his death.

“There was a group of fans that planned to break in and extract his heart,” Castro said in an interview to promote a new book he has written about Maradona’s health, titled “La Salud de Diego: La Verdadera Historia,” or “Diego’s Health: The True Story.”

“It was detected that this was going to happen so his heart was removed.”

“It never came to pass because it was an act of such enormous daring, but it was detected that it was going to, so they extracted his heart.”



He almost single-handedly won Argentina the World Cup in 1986.

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Castro also said that removal of the heart was needed to help determine the cause of Maradona’s death. 

During the interview, he also asserted that at the time of his death, Maradona’s heart weighed around half a kilogram, roughly two-thirds more than the 300 grams a healthy adult male’s heart would normally weigh.

“Even though he had a sportsman’s heart, which is a big heart, it was big because of something else. Not only because he was an athlete but because of the


heart failure

he had,” Castro said.

Castro did not reveal the source for his claim about the removal of Maradona’s heart, but said he had talked to doctors who treated Maradona, the Times of London reports.

The story has, the Daily Telegraph reports, caused a media storm in Argentina, making newspaper front pages in the days since Castro made his claims.

Maradona accused by Cuban woman of rape 



Cuban woman Mavys Alvarez claims she was raped as a 16-year-old by Maradona.

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Maradona, widely considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has been the subject of a number of controversies since his death.

Earlier this week, a Cuban woman named Mavys Alvarez accused Maradona of raping her in 2000 when she was 16 years old.

“He covers my mouth, he rapes me, I don’t want to think about it too much,” Alvarez said at a news conference. “I stopped being a girl, all my innocence was stolen from me.”

Alvarez had previously said that Maradona was involved in trafficking her from Cuba to Argentina. She said that the incident occurred at a Havana rehab clinic where Maradona was staying.

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City release date, cast and trailer

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Resident Evil is no stranger to the big screen, director Paul W.S. Anderson made six movies in the series.

The latest entry is set in one of the most important locations in the Resident Evil universe: Raccoon City.

The film serves as a reboot of the Resident Evil film series and the seventh live-action film overall, which was loosely based on the video game series of the same name.

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This version sticks closer to the original game as evidenced by the dimly-lit mansion searching in the newly released trailer.

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When is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City released?

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is released in UK cinemas on Friday, December 3, 2021.

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The trailer introduces us to Claire Redfield played by Kaya Scodelario (Skins, The Maze Runner), and her brother Chris played by Robbie Amell (The Duff, Code 8), two of the primary characters in the series.

Claire has a theory that Umbrella, the big corporation that props up their small hometown of Raccoon City, is evil and dangerous.

Claire and Chris’ search for answers sends them to a creepy mansion, and has them cross paths with Leon S. Kennedy played by Avan Jogia (Victorious, Tut), who sends them straight to the heart of Umbrella’s twisted experiments and the zombies and monsters that they produce.

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Michael Cohen says Trump is ‘grifting’ off the American people

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Cohen added that Trump will likely appear to be running in 2024 “right to the very, very last second” and then step aside.

As far as the New York criminal investigation into Trump and his family business, Cohen said that the former president is “guilty of his own crimes,” though he didn’t elaborate. Cohen added that he was involved in “the inflation and deflation“ of Trump’s assets.

The investigation is coming to a head as Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. heads into the final weeks of his term.

“My case is over. It was over when I had pled guilty,” said Cohen, who served more than a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in 2018, Trump subsequently denounced him as a liar and a “bad lawyer and fraudster.”

“It was all part of one big, giant package,” Cohen said. “And it’s amazing that I’m the only one, you know, it’s amazing that I’m the only one that ended up doing prison, right, and indicted, incarcerated out of his entire group.”

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Pune may impose fresh restrictions as concerns over ‘Omicron’ variant abound, says Ajit Pawar

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As concerns regarding the new COVID-19 ‘Omicron’ abound, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also the Guardian Minister for Pune on Saturday said that new restrictions may soon have to be imposed in the district.

While speaking to ABP Majha, Pawar said that the current situation in Pune is stable, however, with the new variant spreading globally fresh restrictions may have to be imposed in the future.

Pawar also said that passengers arriving in Pune by flights will not have to spend too much time at the airport for verification of COVID-19 norms due to relaxation provided recently.

He said airline operators check the vaccination or RT-PCR status of all passengers at the time of selling tickets as well as boarding, so the norm of waiting at the airport here for a few hours after arrival has been relaxed.

The state will follow the norms laid down by the Central government for international passengers, he added.

Addressing a press conference, Pawar said cinema halls and auditoriums can operate at 100 per cent capacity but patrons will have to wear masks and follow pandemic protocols strictly, while open-air programmes will also be allowed with adequate precaution.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has called a meeting of senior officials at 5:30 pm today with regard to the variant.

The meeting is called by BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

According to BMC, the members of the COVID task force, dean of COVID hospitals, ward officers, health officers will attend the meeting.

The measures and restrictions to deal with the new variants will be discussed in the meeting.

In the meeting, they will also discuss testing and contact tracing of passengers coming from other countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a meeting on the situation relating to COVID-19 and vaccination with top officials.

India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently added Hong Kong and Israel to the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing considering the detection of the new COVID variant ‘Omicron’ in South Africa.

After the variant was detected, the epidemiological situation in South Africa has been characterized by three distinct peaks in reported cases, the latest of which was predominantly the Delta variant, the WHO informed in a statement.

“In recent weeks, infections have increased steeply, coinciding with the detection of B.1.1.529 variant. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021,” the statement said.

This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.

(With agency inputs)

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Published on: Saturday, November 27, 2021, 02:28 PM IST

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