Brazilian soccer legend Pelé dead at 82

Sports December 29, 2022 Sports
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé dead at 82

From ABC News | Sports by Haley Yamada, Melissa Gaffney and Patricio Chile

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé, a three-time World Cup champion who's largely considered to be one of the best players ever, has died. He was 82 years old.

His daughter, Kely, confirmed his death on social media.

"All that we are is thanks to you," she wrote. "We love you forever. Rest in peace."

Brazil has planned 48 hours of national mourning. Pele is expected to be buried in Santos, southeast of Sao Paulo, where he played club soccer from 1956 to 1974.

Pelé had been in and out of the hospital over the past year as he fought colon cancer. In November, Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo announced that his cancer had advanced and that he was in palliative care.

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