Brazil legend Socrates dead

Socrates. Getty Images Sport - David Cannon

FORMER Brazil great Socrates, the clever playmaker who captained the country at the 1982 World Cup, died on Sunday. He was 57.

Known for his elegant style on the field and his deep involvement with Brazilian politics, Socrates died of septic shock resulting from an intestinal infection, according to a statement by the Albert Einstein hospital.

He had been rushed to the hospital on Saturday - the third time in four months - and had been in critical condition in an intensive care unit, breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The hospital said Socrates died at 4.30am Brazilian time.

Socrates was twice hospitalised and placed in intensive care in the last few months, most recently in September. Both times he was admitted for a haemorrhage caused by high pressure in the vein that carries blood from the digestive system to the liver.


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