Former French international defender Jean-Pierre Adams died Monday, September 6, at the age of 73, announced his former clubs of Nice, Nîmes and Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG). The athlete, born in 1948 in Dakar, had been in a coma since 1982, following an anesthesia error during a routine knee operation. Hospitalized since at his home in the Gard, he died at the University Hospital of Nîmes.
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“We learned this morning of the disappearance of Jean-Pierre Adams”, wrote the Nîmes Olympique on Twitter announcing the death of his former player. “He had worn the colors of Nîmes Olympique on eighty-four occasions”, added the club, presenting its “Most sincere condolences to his loved ones and his family”.
“It was a force of nature”
Selected twenty-two times for the France team between 1972 and 1976, Jean-Pierre Adams notably marked the history of the Blues with the famous central defensive hinge, nicknamed “The black guard”, which he formed with Marius Trésor.
The latter estimated, on Franceinfo, that the death of his former teammate was ” a shock “, although he thinks ” than [ce soit] perhaps a relief for those around him “. “It was a force of nature”, he also wanted to underline.
Jean-Pierre Adams was also notably passed by Nîmes, OGC Nice and PSG. On his site, the latter has paid homage to “One of its glorious elders”, greeting her “Joy of living” and the “Charisma” from the former central defender. OGC Nice has announced that a tribute will be paid to him on September 19, in its Allianz Riviera stadium.