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Football: Real Madrid legend Di Stefano in coma after heart attack

Published on Jul 6, 2014 6:19 AM
A file picture taken on May 9, 2006 shows Real Madrid's legend and Honor President Alfredo Di Stefano looking on before a friendly football match between Real Madrid and Stade Reims at the new Alfredo Di Stefano stadium at Real Madrid sports city in Madrid. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano, one of the greatest footballers in history, is in a coma in a Spanish hospital after suffering a heart attack Saturday, officials said.

Rescuers battled for nearly 20 minutes to revive the 88-year-old after his heart and breathing stopped while he was eating with his family near the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in central Madrid.

“He had suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest,” a source at Madrid Emergency Services told AFP.

“The emergency services began resuscitation and after 18 minutes managed to get him out of the arrest and he was taken in a serious condition to the Gregorio Maranon hospital.”

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