- Associated Press - Monday, November 21, 2011

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AP) - Diego Maradona buried his mother in a private funeral Monday that was attended only by close friends and some well-known Argentine athletes.

Dalma Salvadora Franco de Maradona, who had been in declining health in recent months, died Saturday of heart failure in a Buenos Aires clinic. She was 82.

Maradona, the former playing great and Argentine national team coach, was seen briefly leaving a funeral chapel in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Caballito. He was dressed in a suit and wearing dark sunglasses as he stepped into a vehicle forming part of the funeral procession.

Maradona was close to his mother, who was widely known as “Dona Tota.” Maradona has a tattoo of a rose on his back with the words “Tota, te amo” or “Tota, I love you.”

Among the athletes attending the wake were former Boca Juniors striker Martin Palermo, River Plate coach Matias Almeyda and tennis star Juan Martin del Potro.

Fans at Sunday’s match between Boca Juniors _ Maradona’s old club _ and Racing Club held a moment of silence before the kickoff at La Bombonera Stadium.

Maradona, who coaches United Emirates club Al Wasl, arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday from the Middle East, hours after his mother’s death.

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