Former France defender Adams dies after almost 40 years in coma

Adams, who made 22 international appearances in the 1970s, slipped into a coma after a mistake by his anaesthetist during a routine knee surgery in 1982.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Adams was one of the first men born in West Africa to play for France.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams has died aged 73 after almost 40 years in a coma, his former club Nimes announced on Monday.

Adams, who made 22 international appearances in the 1970s, slipped into a coma after a mistake by his anaesthetist during a routine knee surgery in 1982.

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Born in Dakar in 1948, he was one of the first men born in West Africa to play for France.

His centre-back partnership with Marius Tresor for France was nicknamed "the black guard".

"We learned this morning of the death of Jean-Pierre Adams," Nimes wrote on Twitter, extending their "sincere condolences to his family".

 

Adams also played for Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.

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