After spending almost 40 years in coma, former French international defender Jean-Pierre Adam has died at the age of 73, his former team Nimes announced Monday.
Adam, who represented France in 22 games in the 70s, it is in coma since 1982 due to a mistake by an anesthetist during routine knee surgery.
Adam, born in Dakar in 1948, was one of the first West African players to represent France.
Adam and his colleague at the heart of the French national defense, Marius Tresor, have been nicknamed the “black goalkeeper”.
Nimes mourned his former player, saying on Twitter: “This morning we learned of the death of Jean-Pierre Adam. We express our sincere condolences to his family.”
During his career, Adam also defended the colors of Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.
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