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Jean-Pierre Adams: Former France international dies aged 73

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Former France footballer Jean-Pierre Adams dies, aged 73, after living for THIRTY-NINE YEARS in a coma caused by an ‘anesthesia error’ before knee surgery he said he was in ‘great shape’ for in 1982

  • Jean-Pierre Adams has died at the age of 73 having been in a coma since 1982
  • The former France defender underwent a routine knee operation at the age of 34
  • He was said to be in ‘great shape’ but he there was to be an ‘anesthesia error’ 


Jean-Pierre Adams, the former France international defender, has died aged 73. 

Adams has spent the last 39 years in a coma following an anaesthesia error at Lyon Hospital as part of a routine knee operation he undertook at the age of 34 on March 17, 1982.  

He was confirmed to have died on Monday morning at Nimes University Hospital. 

Adams, who won 22 international caps for France during his professional career, was said to be in ‘great shape’ for the operation.

He was given anaesthetic that should have knocked him out for a few hours as part of the surgery. 

But he never woke up and the defender, born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1948, was confirmed to have lost his fight for recovery by French newspaper L’Equipe. 

Concern around Adams emerged while he was undertaking a coaching course in Dijon. 

Detailed in a long-read on Adams by the Blizzard, as per the Guardian, it states how the former defender was on a week-long course but by day three there was concern over his knee.

He quit the course on the morning of the fourth day, such was the concern over a knee issue, and he headed for a hospital in Lyon. 

The initial scan reportedly showed damage to a tendon at the back of the knee. 

As he headed for the exit the story goes that Adams, who played for Paris Saint-Germain, Nimes and Nice in his career, bumped into a surgeon and after the discussion that followed there was an agreement that the best course of action was to operate on his knee.  

‘It’s all fine, I’m in great shape,’ he reportedly said to his wide Bernadette on the morning of the operation in what proved to be his final words. 

More to follow. 

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