He had been hospitalized since last December at the Cuyo Clinic in Mendoza, Argentina. The world champion in 1978 was diagnosed with Coronavirus.
Another sad news that shakes Argentine football: on Monday afternoon the death of Leopoldo Jacinto Luque, world champion with the Argentine National Team in 1978, was confirmed. He was 71 years old. He passed away from complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former River Plate player had the first symptoms of the disease on December 25 and four days later he was diagnosed. Although he initially had no complications, on January 4 he complicated his condition, having bilateral pneumonia, which led to intensive therapy with respiratory assistance.
This Monday morning, he suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest in which he was able to leave, but according to latest reports, he was left with serious sequelae, and minutes later, he lost his life.
Luque was born in Santa Fe on May 3, 1949, and has been living in Mendoza for almost three decades. In addition to River Plate, he played for Unión de Santa Fe, Rosario Central, Racing Club and Chacarita Junios. In the province of Cuyana he had his last experiences as Technical Director: Independiente Rivadavia in 2003 and Argentino de Mendoza in 2013.