Diego Maradona's last words before he died were 'I feel sick', it emerged last night as the footballing world reeled from the shock of his death, reports Daily Mail.
The Argentinian football legend, 60, suffered a heart attack at home on Wednesday just two weeks after he was released from hospital following surgery for a bleed on his brain.
Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out in the quarter final with the infamous 'Hand of God' goal and another - later voted 'Goal of the Century.'
Renowned for his breathtaking playing ability, Maradona's wild life off the pitch was equally notorious; running around with the mafia in Naples, serial womanising and a lethal dependency on alcohol and cocaine.
On Wednesday morning, Maradona had come down for breakfast looking pale and complaining that he felt cold.
'Me siento mal,' he told his nephew - 'I feel sick' - before returning to bed in the Buenos Aires mansion.
Shortly before noon a nurse discovered Maradona and phoned for help but he was dead before paramedics could arrive.
Three days of mourning have been declared by the Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez.
'You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all,' the leader tweeted. 'Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime.'
Thousands of mourners have poured onto the streets of Buenos Aires and Naples in Italy to honour Maradona as stadiums across Europe fell silent ahead of Champions League clashes on Wednesday night.