Jean-Pierre Adams, a former member of the French national team and multiple Ligue 1 teams, died Monday after spending the last 39 years in a coma. He was 73.
A Senegal native and former center back, Adams played for some of the top clubs in France during his nearly 15-year playing career. He spent most of his time on the pitch with Nimes Olympique, Paris Saint-Germain and Nice, but also appeared in 22 games for the French national team.
All three clubs released statements on Monday, expressing their condolences at his passing with PSG calling him a “glorious elder.”
“His joie de vivre, his charisma and his experience command respect. Paris Saint-Germain offers its condolences to his family and loved ones,” PSG said, per FOX Sports.
Le @PSG_inside a perdu, ce lundi 6 septembre, l’un de ses glorieux anciens. Défenseur des Rouge et Bleu et de l’Équipe de France, Jean-Pierre Adams avait porté les couleurs parisiennes de 1977 à 1979.
Le Club présente ses condoléances à sa famille et à ses proches.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) September 6, 2021
Adams’ soccer career was tragically cut short in 1982 after he suffered a knee injury while playing with Chalon in Ligue 2. The injury required surgery, but during his operation at a Lyon hospital, an anesthetic error caused him to fall into a coma.
Since then, Adams had been cared for by his wife, Bernadette, where the couple has lived in the French city of Nimes. The anesthetist and trainee were both punished years after the botched surgery, each receiving a one-month suspended sentence and a small fine, according to BBC Sport.
Adams made more than 285 appearances in games during his impressive career on the pitch and scored more than 25 goals.
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