Pelé, the Brazilian maestro whose captivating skill and athletic prowess established him as one of the most renowned footballers of all time, has died at the age of 82.
Pelé, who had a colon tumor removed in 2021, was returned to So Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital in November due to deteriorating health. On Thursday, a hospital statement confirmed the death of “our dear King of Football” at 3.27 p.m. local time, “due to the failure of multiple organs, a result of the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous clinical condition.”
A lot of footballers have poured their heartfelt tribute to Pele and the late Johan Cruyff’s Twitter account is no exception.
Cruyff died on March 24, 2016, at the age of 68, in a clinic in Barcelona, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. His lung cancer had spread to his brain, and he had begun to lose his ability to speak as well as move on his left side a week before his death. Within 24 hours of his death, he was cremated in Barcelona. Only his wife, children, and grandchildren attended the private ceremony.