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PSG defender dies after 39-year coma – but was ‘only supposed to be in it hours’

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Jean-Pierre Adams, a former centre-back for PSG and the French national team, has died after 39 years in a coma.

Adams' enjoyed a fine playing career in France and appeared more than 120 times for Nice before spending three seasons in the capital, as well as gaining 22 caps for the French national side.

He retired in 1981 after a brief stint with local amateurs FC Chalon, but his life was changed for good after a botched operation on his knee a year later.

Adams was scheduled to go under the knife after rupturing a ligament – but the anaesthetist made an error which caused the then-39 year-old to suffer a bronchospasm.

Tragically, his brain was starved of oxygen, and he fell into a coma.

His wife, Bernadette, remained by his side until his death, and said last year that she and his two sons would bring him gifts on special occasions.

She said: "No one ever forgets to give Jean-Pierre presents, whether it's his birthday, Christmas or Father's Day."

Despite his inability to move, Bernadette also said that Jean-Pierre could sense when she was with him, and caring for him.

She added: "He senses that it is not me feeding him and looking after him.

"It's the nurses who tell me, saying he is not the same.

"I think he feels things. He must recognise the sound of my voice as well."

Having been born in Senegal's capital Dakar, Adams left at the age of 10 alongside his grandmother, and was eventually adopted by a French couple.

After playing for several local clubs in Loiret, he started played for Entente BFN as a striker back in 1967.

After three years with Nimes he scored 15 goals across 126 league outings for Nice and then joined PSG in 1977.

During his time with the national team, he formed a fine defensive partnership with Marius Tresor that is fondly remembered to this day.

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