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How did Didi die?
I know, I know, that this is a rather morbid subject, but I have always wondered how he died exactly. The Didi I am referring is the Brazilian central midfielder that was a big help for the Brazilian squad at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups in Sweden and Chile by helping them win both those World Cups and had a one year stint with Real Madrid in the 1959-1960 season.
Oct 07, 2011 | 06 : 57 AM
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He died because of liver failure complications arising from intestinal cancer..

Didi (pronounced GEE-gee) was the most valuable player in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, where he helped shepherd the 17-year-old Pelé in his debut with the Brazilian national team. Didi was recently inducted into the International Football Hall of Champions of the sport's world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the highest individual honor in soccer.

For the elegant Didi, whose real name was Valdir Pereira, soccer was a cerebral game, all about passing, making plays and converting free kicks. He disdained physical contact and running, once saying, ''It's the ball that needs to run, not the player.''
- brazil football
Source: DIDI
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Tmienja Tmienja
Did he used to drink? Or was it something in his family?
Kevin de Ávila
After all these years, I now finally know how he died. Thank-you Alice for your answer to my question!
2011-12-13 20:36:07
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