Former Corinthians attacking midfielder dies following problems related to alcohol abuse.
Brazil legend Socrates has passed away after suffering complications in his bid to recover from an intestinal problem.
The former Corinthians hero was rushed to hospital in Sao Paulo on Thursday night with a suspected case of food poisoning, but was immediately placed in intensive care after it was discovered that he had suffered a septic shock, in which bacteria from an infection seeps into the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the 57-year-old lost his fight for survival and was pronounced dead at in the early hours of Sunday morning (Brazilian time).
Socrates had already been submitted to hospital with gastrointestinal haemorrhages twice previously since August and recently admitted that his problems had been related to alcohol abuse.
This is indeed tragic news. Socrates was a wonderfully gifted player who performed with such grace and verve on the field of play and often made the made the game look ridiculously easy with this fluid intelligent passing and barnstorming finishes.
The 57 year old spent almost his entire playing career in his native Brazil save for a season at Fiorentina and a single outing for non-league outfit Garforth Town.