AS correspondent Jorge 'Topo' López dies in car accident
The 38 year old was travelling in a taxi that was hit by a stolen vehicle.
Argentine journalist Jorge 'Topo' López, who was Diario AS's correspondent in Argentina, and working for Radio La Red and newspaper Olé at the World Cup in Brazil, has died aged 38 following a traffic accident in São Paulo on Wednesday.
'Topo' López was travelling in a taxi that was hit by a stolen vehicle that was being pursued by Military Police. As a consequence of the impact, the journalist, who was travelling in the back of the vehicle, was sent flying from the car. The driver suffered shoulder injuries.
The three travelling in the stolen car, two of whom were adolescents, were uninjured in the accident and detained by police.
Despite his young age, Jorge 'Topo' López was a giant in the media world. He was covering this World Cup for Radio La Red, Olé, AS and Sport. He was our correspondent in Argentina.
Married to Marca's Argentina correspondent, Verónica Brunatti, López was well connected in Spain, where he arrived to follow the career of Javier Saviola when 'el Conejo' signed for Barcelona in 2001. Saviola and Topo López, a specialist of River Plate and the Argentine national lead, remained close friends. In Barcelona he was Olé's correspondent, the newspaper he had worked with since its launch.
Jorge Luis López has worked as a journalist for two decades, and had a very good relationship with footballers. From Barcelona he returned to Buenos Aires, collaborating with Catalan daily Sport, in addition to covering River Plate and Argentina with Olé. In 2010 he became AS's correspondent in Argentina. He was the journalist closest to Leo Messi and the majority of the Argentine players.
Rest in peace.