French soccer star, Jean-Pierre Adams has died after being in a coma for thirty-nine years.

The former French defender initially fell into a coma after a medical error almost 4 decades ago.

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Back in March 1982, when he was only thirty-four, Adams was administered a near-fatal dose of anesthetic before a routine knee operation, which caused long-lasting brain damage. He was starved of oxygen for too long which led to the heartbreaking outcome and then slipped into a coma.

However, on Monday, his former clubs Paris St-Germain and Nîmes announced the news of his death at the age of seventy-three.

"Paris Saint-Germain lost, this Monday, September 6, one of its glorious former players - defender of the Rouge et Bleu and the French team, Jean-Pierre Adams, who wore the Parisian colors from 1977 to 1979."

His loyal wife, Bernadette, who supported him throughout this difficult period, spoke to CNN last year saying no one has ever forgotten about her husband.

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

She continued:

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"We buy presents like a T-shirt or a jumper because I dress him in his bed - he changes clothes every day.

"I'll buy things so that he can have a nice room, such as pretty sheets, or some scent. He used to wear Paco Rabanne but his favorite one stopped so now I buy Sauvage by Dior."

Bernadette's unwavering loyalty seems to also be appreciated by Adams himself, as nurses have told her that he seems to recognize when she's not by his side.

She explained: "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 recognize the sound of my voice as well."

Tributes have been pouring in ever since the announcement...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean-Pierre Adams' friends and family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.