David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, died at 65

The European Union is in shock. The President of the European Parliament, the Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli, died on the night of Monday to Tuesday in Italy, at the age of 65, his spokesman said.

“David Sassoli died on January 11 at 1:15 am at the CRO (oncology reference center) in Aviano, Italy, where he had been hospitalized” since the end of December, announced on Twitter Roberto Cuillo, David’s spokesperson. Sassoli. “The date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the next few hours,” he added.

Hospitalized this fall for pneumonia

Monday afternoon, Roberto Cuillo announced the hospitalization of David Sassoli “due to a serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system” and the cancellation of his official activities. Having suffered from leukemia in the past, he had already been hospitalized this fall for pneumonia which had kept him away from Parliament for several weeks.

The mandate of this former journalist presenter of television news in Italy, at the head of the assembly since 2019, expired this month, at the half of the quinquennial legislature.

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