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Former footballer Jean-Pierre Adams has died after 39 years in a coma


The former French international defender Jean-Pierre Adams died on Monday, September 6 at the Nîmes CHU, reports “the Team” and “the Parisian”. Aged 73, he had been in a coma since March 17, 1982 following an anesthesia error. He had been hospitalized for a week “In a state of exhaustion”, according to “the Parisian”.

A native of Dakar, Senegal, he grew up in Loiret. He made his debut at the Entente de Fontainebleau, with which he became vice-champion of France Amateurs in 1968 and 1969.

It was in Nîmes, where he signed in 1970, that he experienced his first major successes. He joined the France team in 1972, where, with Marius Trésor, he formed a defense nicknamed “the black guard”. He will spend six years there. During his career, he will also go through OGC Nice (1973-1977) and PSG (1977-1979) in particular.

Plunged into a vegetative state

He ended his career in 1982, and experienced tendon pain. Hospitalized in Lyon, an anesthesia error deprives his brain of oxygen for a few seconds. He had since been immersed in a vegetative state.

His wife Bernadette had taken care of him ever since. “He was the joie de vivre made man – a laughing man and a joker who loved to go out”, she explained in an interview with CNN in March 2020. Until the end, she had hoped that her husband would one day come out of this coma.

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On Twitter, Nîmes Olympique and OGC Nice paid tribute to their former player.



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