Brazil’s soccer legend Pele is receiving “palliative care” at a Sao Paulo hospital according to local reports.
The 82-year-old star is “no longer responding to chemotherapy” while fighting bowel cancer.
The three-time world cup winner was hospitalized Tuesday for “general swelling and heart failure” though, in a Thursday update, he was said to be in stable condition.
Following the grim news, social media was flooded with prayers from soccer stars and fans alike for Pele’s speedy recovery.
“We send our best wishes to him and all his family from the whole England setup. He’s an inspiration, an incredible person,” England Captain Harry Kane said.
“He is always nice to every fan walking up to him and obviously he is Pele, the outstanding personality of world football,” German star Jurgen Klinsmann said.
“Obviously this is very, very sad news and let’s just pray for him and hope for the best. But it is sad news.”