Never learned about her son's death, the mother of football legend Pele dies at the age of 101

2024-06-22 08:47:49 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

Never learned about her son's death, the mother of football legend Pele
Celeste Arantes, mother of the late footballer Pelé, died on Friday at the age of 101. Arantes spent the past five years in a vegetative state and was not informed of her son's death in 2022. She was hospitalized for the past eight days, the Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement.

Arantes' cause of death was not disclosed, CBF added. The Pelé Foundation said on its social media channels that the World Cup winner's mother was a model.

" Today's feelings are mixed. We deeply mourn the passing of 'Celestinha', as her son fondly called her. At the same time, we are eternally grateful for its existence. Dona Celeste is a queen mother and will forever be fondly remembered in our hearts and memories," the foundation said. Santos, the club where Pele played for most of his career, said its fans were saddened by the death of "the mother of our eternal king".

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