Diego Maradona has paid tribute to his father after he passed away on Thursday at the age of 87.
Reports emerged earlier in the day that Don Diego was seriously ill in hospital with heart and respiratory problems, before the Argentina legend confirmed his death in a short statement.
“Hello, I’m Diego Maradona and I wanted to say thanks to everyone who gave exceptional treatment to my father.
“Unfortunately he has left us, but he went in peace. All his children gathered and I want to thank his doctors who did everything to keep him alive.
“However, he went in peace and with all of our love. He had all his children around him.
“Thanks to the press, who was respectful to us in every moment, even entering and leaving the clinic. I really appreciate that and I thank all the Argentine people for praying for my father.
“A warm kiss to everyone.”