French and ex-PSG star Jean-Pierre Adams has died at the age of 73 after spending 39 years in a coma.
Adams was pronounced dead on Monday at the Nimes University Hospital.
He had been in a deep coma since March 17, 1982, following an anaesthesia error.
During his playing days, Adams represented France’s national team on 22 occasions, while he turned out for clubs such as Nice and Paris Saint-Germain at club level.
The sad story of Jean-Pierre Adams
French soccer fans who were around in the 1970s will always remember Jean-Pierre Adams as the famous “Black Guard” at the heart of the national team’s defence.
Born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1948, Adams started his professional career at Nimes before joining Nice and Paris St Germain.
In 1982, Adams was 34 and playing for a third division side, Chalon, when he went to the hospital in Lyon for an operation on a knee ligament.
He was given an anaesthetic that should have knocked him out for a few hours but, more than 39 years later, he was yet to awake.