Jean-Pierre Adams, a former French soccer star, has died after being in a coma for 39 years. He was 73 years old.Jean-Pierre Adams, french footballer, photography on July 26, 1977 in Paris on the grounds of Paris St. Germain.
Adams was just 34 when he slipped into a deep coma at Lyon Hospital in 1982 after a botched knee surgery.
During the routine surgery, there was a problem with Adams’ supply of anesthetic, leaving him in a persistent vegetative state.
Adams suffocated and suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation.
He was pronounced dead on September 6, at the Nîmes University Hospital in France.
Originally from Dakar, Senegal, the athlete played for the French national team between 1972 and 1976. He also played for club sides including Nice and Paris Saint-Germain in his career.
Another one of his former clubs, Nîmes Olympique, tweeted a tribute to the late athlete on Monday.
“The Club offers its most sincere condolences to his loved ones and to his family,” they wrote, translated from French.
Adams is survived by his wife Bernadette Adams, who dedicated her life to caring for her husband.