Former soccer player Jean-Pierre Adams dies after 39 years in a coma


Jean-Pierre Adams, French footballer, pictured on July 26, 1977 in Paris.

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In a poignant tribute on Monday, PSG called him the club's "glorious elder."


"His joie de vivre, his charisma and his experience command respect. Paris Saint-Germain offers its condolences to his family and loved ones," PSG said in a statement Monday.


Adams, cared for by his wife Bernadette, had been lying in a coma at his home in the southern French city of Nimes since 1982.

He was injured in a match and required knee surgery. During the operation at Lyon Hospital, an anesthetic error saw him fall into a coma.

As a young boy, Adams left his home country of Senegal with a passion for soccer.


He was spotted by Nimes in 1970 and went on to score 10 goals in 98 matches for the club.


"We learned this morning of the passing of Jean-Pierre Adams," the team wrote on their Twitter page. "He had worn the colors of Nimes Olympique 84 times and with Marius Trésor made up 'the black guard' of the French team."



Courtesy of CBS News


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