Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams dies after long coma

The Senegal-born player won 22 caps for Les Bleus and also represented Paris St Germain.

Pa Sport Staff
Monday 06 September 2021 13:42
Paris St Germain have announced the death of their former defender Jean-Pierre Adams after a 39-year coma (Richard Sellers/PA)
Paris St Germain have announced the death of their former defender Jean-Pierre Adams after a 39-year coma (Richard Sellers/PA)

Former France and Paris St Germain defender Jean-Pierre Adams has died at the age of 73 after spending 39 years in a coma.

Senegal-born Adams, who played for PSG between 1977 and 1979 and won 22 caps for his adopted country, underwent a knee operation in 1982 but errors with the anaesthetic resulted in cardiac arrest and brain damage.

He left hospital after 15 months, after which he was cared for by his wife Bernadette, but never regained consciousness.

In a statement PSG expressed their condolences and said Adams’ “joie de vivre, charisma and experience commanded respect”.

Adams also made 145 appearances for Nice prior to his move to the capital, having played 84 matches for his first club Nimes

Nice will pay tribute at their home match against Monaco on September 19. Nimes said they offered “most sincere condolences to his loved ones and to his family”.