Outrage in Argentina as photos of Maradona’s dead body in coffin leak online.
Social networks erupt in anger after images leaked online of Diego Armando Maradona’s dead body in his coffin. Photos show an individual, believed to be a worker at the morgue, posing for an image alongside funeral casket, with late footballer’s face visible.
The photographs quickly went viral on social networks, sparking outrage from users. Minutes later, the late footballer’s lawyer, Matías Morla, revealed the individual in the photograph’s identity in a post on Twitter.
“Given the viralisation of an image of Diego on his deathbed, I am going to personally take charge of finding the scoundrel who took that photograph. All those responsible for such an act of cowardice are going to pay,” Morla said in a post.
“Diego Molina is the scoundrel who took a photo next to Diego Maradona’s coffin. For the memory of my friend, I am not going to rest until he pays for such an aberration,” he said.
Most users on social media agreed. “You have to be disrespectful, shameless, disgusting and an animal to upload a photo of a corpse to social media, be it Maradona or whoever. What a world, really. Disgusting,” posted one user.
Tens of thousands of Argentines queued to say a final farewell to Maradona on Thursday, in an outpouring of love for their national hero before the funeral of one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Many of the mourners were in tears, and some wore the World Cup winner’s number 10 Argentina jersey as they gathered at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires to see his coffin.
Visiting hours close at 4pm, but long queues remained visible outside Government House early afternoon, prompting officials to extend th timeframe by three hours. That came in the wake of brief clashes between a small group of individuals and security forces.
Maradona was buried later Thursday at the Jardin de Paz cemetery on the outskirts of the Argentine capital, where his parents were also laid to rest, his spokesman Sebastian Sanchi said.