Former Brazilian player, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, is dead. The football legend lost his battle with cancer at 82.
The forward player and former Brazilian minister of sports Pele died on Thursday 29th of December, 2022.
He was famously known for helping Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden defeating Sweden 5-2. He was regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled “the greatest” by FIFA.
Pele, who was undergoing treatment for colon cancer, was checked into a hospital in Sao Paulo earlier this month after developing a respiratory infection during a bout with Covid-19.
Some friends and family who had gathered at his bedside just before Christmas at the Albert Einstein Israelita Hospital in Sao Paulo documented their bedside vigil sharing a couple of photos with the legend. His colon cancer had deteriorated.
The Santos club in Brazil announced that Pele’s funeral will be held in the stadium on January 2 and January 3 of next week, allowing supporters to pay their respects to the football star.
Pele’s body will be transported directly from the Albert Einstein Hospital early on Monday to Estádio Urbano Caldeira in Vila Belmiro, where the casket will be positioned in the middle of the field. At 10 am, the public wake is anticipated to start.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, the event won’t end until 10 a.m., at which point a march in his honour will be held through Santos’s streets starting from around 10 am.