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He passed away today after falling 39 years into a coma

Almost 39 years in Coma Jean-Pierre Adams, former France defender

He passed away today after falling 39 years into a coma
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5 minutes of coma is enough to spread terror in your family, so what about those who spent more than 30 years of a coma? Here is the story of the French player  Jean-Pierre Adams who died today after spending between 39 and 40 years of a coma.

Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams died on Monday at the age of 73, over 40 years after slipping into a coma due to a medical mistake, according to his former teams, Paris St Germain and Nimes.

Adams was given a near-fatal dosage of anesthesia prior to a routine knee operation in 1982, which caused brain damage.

Adams, who was born in Dakar, got 22 caps for Les Bleus in the 1970s, establishing what was known as 'the Black Guard' with Marius Tresor.

He was a Nimes player from 1970 to 1973 and a PSG player from 1977 to 1979 after coming from Nice.

Bernadette, Adams' wife, has been caring for him since the accident.