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European Parliament President David Sassoli died early Tuesday morning, aged 65, his spokesperson announced.
“The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, handed away at 1.15 a.m. on January 11 on the hospital in Aviano, Italy, the place he was hospitalized,” Roberto Cuillo said on Twitter.
Sassoli had been hospitalized since December 26, “due to a critical complication attributable to a dysfunction of the immune system,” his workplace stated in an announcement on Monday.
Sassoli had been taken to a hospital in Strasbourg in September to be handled for a extreme case of pneumonia.
“What an enormous shock and an enormous loss,” MEP Ismail Ertug stated in a tweet. “He left us too early. My condolences to his household! Pricey David, Relaxation In Peace!”
MEP Paolo Borchia said he was “shocked by the loss of life” of his fellow Italian.