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Diego Maradona's brother Hugo dies in Naples aged 52

Diego Maradona's younger brother Hugo has died in Naples at the age of 52, just a year after the Argentine football legend passed away.

Diego Maradona's younger brother Hugo has died in Naples at the age of 52, just a year after the Argentine football legend passed away, Italian football club Napoli confirmed on Tuesday.

"Hugo Maradona has died," Napoli said in a brief statement on their website, confirming reports in the Italian press the former footballer had suffered a heart attack. 

The club said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and the team "come together around Maradona's family and unite with them in the pain of Hugo's death."

A former Argentine youth international midfielder, Hugo Maradona played in Italy, Austria, Spain, Argentina and Japan, before returning to Italy to settle there permanently and had a brief coaching career with amateur clubs in Naples. 

Maradona, who had three children, recently ran on a right-wing list in municipal elections, which the left ultimately won. 

Hugo Maradona was signed by Napoli in 1987 – joining Diego – before being loaned to Ascoli. 

On September 20 of the same year, the two brothers played against each other with Diego's Napoli coming out on top 2-1.

Diego Maradona widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, passed away in November 2020, aged 60.

– AFP

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