The football legend’s sudden death is being investigated by a panel of experts in Argentina.

An expert medical panel has found Argentine football icon Diego Maradona received inadequate medical care and was left to his fate for a “prolonged, agonising period”.

A panel of 20 experts was convened by Argentina’s public prosecutor to examine the cause of death of the football legend and to determine if there had been any negligence.

It found Maradona, who succumbed to a heart attack on November 25 at the age of 60, “started to die at least 12 hours before” the moment he was found dead in his bed.

The Argentine great died just weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.

Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz are under investigation as well as two nurses, a nursing co-ordinator and a medical co-ordinator.

The finding could result in a case of wrongful death, and a prison sentence of up to 15 years if convicted.

The complaint was brought forward by two of Maradona’s five daughters against Luque, whom they blamed for their father’s deteriorating condition after the brain operation.

The panel concluded that Maradona “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility.

Maradona did not have “full use of his mental faculties” and should not have been left to decide where he would be treated, the experts said.

They also found that his treatment was rife with “deficiencies and irregularities” and the medical team had left his survival “to fate”.

Sebastian Sanchi, a former spokesman for Maradona, told AFP, “it is clear that the panel says that things were not done right.”

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