December 4, 2011
Soccer legend Socrates dies
|Brazilian midfielder Socrates Oliveira holds his hand over the emblem of his jersey while Brazil's national anthem plays before their World Cup match in Guadalajara, Mexico in this June 16, 1986. REUTERS/Wolfgang Ratta
Brazilian soccer star Socrates has died at the age of 57.
The former Brazil World Cup captain passed away at the Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital in Sao Paulo on Sunday, three days after he was admitted to the medical facility suffering from food poisoning.
Socrates developed septic shock and was on a life support machine before his death, according to Reuters.
The sportsman had been hospitalized several times in recent months - in August he suffered a digestive haemorrhage, reportedly caused by excessive drinking, and a month later he was treated for liver problems.
Socrates, whose full name is Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, found fame as a soccer star in the 1980s and played for Brazil in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup competitions.
He also played for Brazil's Corinthians and Italy's Fiorentina during his career.