Brazil legend Pelé hospitalised amid cancer battle; ‘no emergency’ daughter says

‘There is no emergency or new dire prediction’ says Kely Nascimento in social media post

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has been hospitalised as he battles cancer, his daughter said on social media on Wednesday, adding that there was “no surprise or emergency” involved.

Kely Nascimento’s post to Instagram came after ESPN Brasil reported that Pelé had been admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital with “general swelling” and was undergoing several tests for more in-depth assessment of his health issues.

“Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health. He is in the hospital regulating medication,” Nascimento wrote. “There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Years and promise to post some pictures.”

The 82-year-old had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has since been in and out of the hospital for treatment on a regular basis.

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ESPN Brasil reported that Pelé was having cardiac issues and his medical staff showed concern that his chemotherapy treatment was not having the expected results.

Pelé's manager and the Albert Einstein Hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment.