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Brazilian soccer king Pelé dead at 82

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé waves prior to the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Ivory Coast and Zambia at Stade de L'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, February 12, 2012. (AP/Francois Mori)
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé waves prior to the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Ivory Coast and Zambia at Stade de L'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, February 12, 2012. (AP/Francois Mori)

Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, has died. He was 82.

The standard-bearer of “the beautiful game” had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021. He had been hospitalized for the last month with multiple ailments.

His family and his agent Joe Fraga confirm his death.

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