Football hero Diego Maradona allegedly sustained a head injury a week before he died of a heart attack following a fall at his house, but was never admitted to the hospital.
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that after slipping and injuring his head at home, the Argentine figure, who had just just had surgery on his brain to remove a blood clot, was not taken for a scan.
It is confirmed that a lawyer defending a nurse who worked for Maradona said:' Seven days before his death, Maradona collapsed to the ground. He fell and hurt his head, but for an MRI or a CT scan, they did not take him to the hospital.'
The startling disclosure comes when Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's personal doctor, is being investigated for medical neglect as police begin an inquiry into his death.
The research also supported speculation that when he died of a heart attack aged 60, Maradona was alone in his house in Buenos Aires.
An autopsy report said he died in his sleep after suffering heart failure. Medics also detected dilated cardiomyopathy, a medical condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged and cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
The same nurse's lawyer also said that she had spoken with Maradona on the Friday before his death but was fired on Saturday.
According to her lawyer, she remained at the request of Maradona's entourage to administer his medication but was no longer taking his blood pressure or controlling him.
On Sunday, police raided the home of Maradona's physician Luque and investigators are looking into all the medical staff involved with his care after his daughters Dalma and Giannina gave statements questioning whether the medication their father was receiving was appropriate.