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A picture taken on June 12, 1956 shows Argentinian-born Spanish forward Alfredo Di Stefano in Paris

A picture taken on June 12, 1956 shows Argentinian-born Spanish forward Alfredo Di Stefano in Paris (AFP Photo/)

Alfredo Di Stefano, former Real Madrid superstar, dies at 88

Yahoo News

Alfredo Di Stefano, the player Real Madrid has hailed as being the most important component in its mid-20th century ascent to becoming a global powerhouse, has died. He was 88.

The club said in a statement that Di Stefano, its honorary president, died on Monday afternoon at Gregorio Maranon hospital, two days after a heart attack.

Di Stefano turned 88 on Friday. The following day, he had a heart attack on a Madrid street near the club's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Paramedics were able to resuscitate him after 18 minutes, but he spent the following days in a coma. (AP)

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