Pele Died? Nope, ‘Dead’ Rumors Spread on Twitter After Hospitalization

November 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Pele hasn’t died, but there’s rumors saying he has. He was admitted to the hospital for a urinary infection.

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday.

The hospital released a statement saying the 74-year-old Pele was transferred to a “special care” unit after his condition became unstable, but his spokesman and personal aide denied his health condition deteriorated.

“He is fine,” Jose Fornos Rodrigues, known as Pepito, told The Associated Press. “The problem was that he was receiving too many visitors and that wasn’t helping, so they transferred him to a calmer area to continue receiving the proper treatment. He should be out of the hospital in a few days.”

The hospital’s statement created a scare in Brazil, with local media widely reporting that Pele’s condition had worsened.

The hospital’s press office had already said the three-time World Cup champion was not in an intensive care unit and was just being monitored.

Pele was admitted to the hospital on Monday for a medical evaluation and was diagnosed with the urinary infection. He was being treated with antibiotics.

Pele was in the same hospital less than 15 days ago to undergo surgery to remove kidney stones.