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Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 (Martin Rickett/PA)

THREE funeral workers have been fired for posing for photos alongside the body of soccer star Diego Maradona shortly before his funeral.

The images distributed across social media created outrage, even death threats, across a nation that adored Maradona, (inset) who died on Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60.

Tens of thousands lined up for a chance to file past his body at the nation's presidential palace on Thursday.

One of the images shows Fernandez and his son smiling and with thumb raised alongside Maradona's body in the coffin on Thursday. Medina appears in another in the same pose.

Fernandez insisted he hadn't known they'd planned to take a photograph.

"It was something instantaneous. I'd just raised my head and my son did it like any kid of 18," he told the radio station.

He said he had been receiving threats from fans.

"They say they are going to kill us, break our heads," he said.

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