Former France defender, Jean-Pierre Adams, has died at the age of 73, after almost 40 years in coma. his former club Nimes announced on Monday.
Adams death was announced by his former club, Nimes,on Monday.
The defender, who made 22 international appearances in the 1970s, slipped into a coma after a mistake by his anaesthetist during routine knee surgery in 1982.
Born in Dakar in 1948, he was one of the first men born in West Africa to play for France.
His centre-back partnership with Marius Tresor for France was nicknamed “the black guard.”
“We learned this morning of the death of Jean-Pierre Adams,” Nimes wrote on Twitter, extending their “sincere condolences to his family.”
Adams also played for Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.