Jean-Pierre Adams, the past France and Paris Saint-Germain defender who spent 39 years in a coma, has died. He was 73.
On Monday, Adams’ former clubs — Nimes Olympique, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Nice — announced his death in various statements.
“This morning, we learned about the death of Jean-Pierre Adams. He played for Nimes on 84 occasions and alongside Marius Tresor, he formed the ‘Black guard’ in the French national team,” Nimes Olympique wrote on Twitter.
“Paris Saint-Germain has lost one of its glorious former players,” PSG said in a statement, which was also translated by ESPN. “PSG offers its condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Born in Senegal, the defender made more than 140 appearances for Nice and Paris St-Germain.
On the day of Adams’ operation to fix up a damaged tendon in his knee suffered while on a coaching training camp many staff at the hospital in Lyon were on strike
His operation still went ahead, with the anaesthetist looking after eight patients, including Adams, at the same time. Adams was supervised by a trainee, who later said: “I was not up to the task I was entrusted with.”
Between the anaesthetist and trainee, numerous errors were made, causing Adams to suffer a cardiac arrest and brain damage.
It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the anaesthetist and trainee were punished – a one-month suspended sentence and a 750 euro fine.
Adams was discharged from hospital after 15 months and had been cared for at home in Nimes by his wife, Bernadette, ever since.