Former France and Paris Saint-Germain defender Jean-Pierre Adams, who spent 39 years in a coma, has died. He was 73 years old.
“His joie de vivre, his charisma and his experience command respect. Paris Saint-Germain extends condolences to his family and loved ones,” PSG said in a statement on Monday.
Adams, cared for by his wife Bernadette, has been in a coma since 1982 at their home in the southern French city of Nimes.
He was injured in a match and needed knee surgery. During the operation at the Lyon hospital, an anesthetic error saw him fall into a coma.
As a young boy, Adams left his home country of Senegal with a passion for football.
Jean-Pierre Adams has been confirmed dead this morning after being in a coma for 39 years.
From March 1982 until his death in 2021, Adams was in a coma after an operation went wrong.
— NUHU ®️ (@NuhuAdams_) September 6, 2021
He was spotted by Nimes in 1970 and scored 10 goals in 98 appearances for the club before playing around 150 games and 17 for Nice.
Adams moved to PSG in 1977 and played two seasons there. He then ended his playing career in 1981 after a brief hiatus with Mulhouse and Chalon.
He won his first cap for France in 1972 and played 22 times for Les Blaes.
Even though Adams was relatively short for a central defender at 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in), he formed a formidable partnership with Marius Treasure.
Adams’ last international appearance was in 1976 away from Denmark.