Former France football player Jean-Pierre Adams has passed after spending thirty-nine years in a coma. He was seventy-three years of age.
The French football clubs he once played for were Paris Saint Germain, Nice and Nimes Olympique. The three confirmed his death in various statements.
THE THREE CLUB STATEMENTS
Paris Saint Germain wrote “Paris Saint-Germain has lost one of its glorious former players,” This statement was translated by ESPN. “PSG offers its condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Nimes Olympique wrote “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,” and further offer its most sincere condolences to his loved ones and family. This also was translated by ESPN.
Nice wrote that the club would pay tribute to Jean- Pierre Adams before their Ligue 1 home game against Monaco on September 19.
A BRIEF ABOUT JEAN-PIERRE ADAMS
Adams, who was born on March 10, 1948, in Dakar, Senegal, began his career at Fontainebleu before moving to Nimes.
He was one of the first Black players to participate in the team at the time CNN reported.
Adams played for Nimes for three years, from 1970 to 1973, and then for PSG from 1977 to 1979, after signing from Nice.
Adams had surgery on a torn tendon in his knee in March 1982. However, CNN reports stated that the hospital staff was on strike at the time of his surgery, and he was being cared for by an anesthesiologist with seven other patients and a trainee who was out of their depth.
Both BBC and CNN claim that “many blunders” were made during the treatment, Adams was intubated wrongly, with one tube blocking the passage to his lungs, causing cardiac arrest and brain damage.
After entering into a coma, he was cared for at his home in France for decades.
According to Nice’s announcement, he is survived by his wife, Bernadette, and their two kids, Frédéric and Laurent.