Former Cosmos, Lazio star Giorgio Chinaglia dies

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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2012 at 3:02 AM

ROME (AP) — Former New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia has died of complications from a heart attack, his son said. The Italian soccer great was 65.

Chinaglia died Sunday at his home in Naples, Fla., his son, Anthony, said through family friend Charlie Stillatana, who was Chinaglia's co-host on a Sirius XM radio show.

Chinaglia was the all-time leading scorer in the North American Soccer League after starring with the Italian club Lazio.

Lazio also announced the death. Chinaglia lived in the U.S. since facing accusations in Rome of involvement in an organized crime group that allegedly tried to buy Lazio in 2006.

In 1976, he joined the Cosmos and played alongside Pele and Franz Beckenbauer. He played for Italy at the 1974 World Cup.

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