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It’s with a heavy heart that I report Pelé, the Brazilian soccer legend, who is revered as the “Greatest of All Time,” has passed away. 

He transitioned to his heavenly home on Thursday (December 29) after battling colon cancer

Pelé was 82.

An announcement was made on his official Instagram page.

Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today.

On his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his genius in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world and spread what he most believed to be the cure for all our problems: love.

His message today becomes a legacy for future generations.

Love, love and love, forever.

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His daughter, Kelly Nascimento, paid tribute to him via Instagram on Thursday (December 29). 

She wrote, “Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace 💔 💔 💔”

The soccer legend, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, became a global icon after winning three World Cups.

Pelé was admitted to the hospital in São Paulo in late November for a respiratory infection and for complications related to colon cancer. 

Last week, the hospital said his health had worsened as his cancer progressed.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to everyone who knew, loved, and was inspired by Pelé.