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Maradona attends mother's funeral in Buenos Aires

Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona leaves a funeral home after attending the funeral of his mother, Dalma Franco de Maradona, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday Nov. 21, 2011. Maradona's mother, widely known as 'Dona Tota,' died on Saturday of heart failure. She was 81. The Argentine football great arrived from Dubai, where he coaches Al Wasl in the domestic league. He was told of his mother's failing health and attempted to return home to be at her bedside but was informed of her death during the long flight. Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona leaves a funeral home after attending the funeral of his mother, Dalma Franco de Maradona, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday Nov. 21, 2011. Maradona's mother, widely known as "Dona Tota," died on Saturday of heart failure. She was 81. The Argentine football great arrived from Dubai, where he coaches Al Wasl in the domestic league. He was told of his mother's failing health and attempted to return home to be at her bedside but was informed of her death during the long flight. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
November 21, 2011

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Diego Maradona buried his mother in a private funeral Monday that was attended only by close friends and some well-known Argentine athletes.

Dalma Salvadora Franco de Maradona, who had been in declining health in recent months, died Saturday of heart failure in a Buenos Aires clinic. She was 82.

Maradona, the former playing great and Argentine national team coach, was seen briefly leaving a funeral chapel in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Caballito. He was dressed in a suit and wearing dark sunglasses as he stepped into a vehicle forming part of the funeral procession.

Maradona was close to his mother, who was widely known as "Dona Tota." Maradona has a tattoo of a rose on his back with the words "Tota, te amo" or "Tota, I love you."

Among the athletes attending the wake were former Boca Juniors striker Martin Palermo, River Plate coach Matias Almeyda and tennis star Juan Martin del Potro.

Fans at Sunday's match between Boca Juniors -- Maradona's old club -- and Racing Club held a moment of silence before the kickoff at La Bombonera Stadium.

Maradona, who coaches United Emirates club Al Wasl, arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday from the Middle East, hours after his mother's death.

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