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David Maria Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, is dead

The announcement on its website with a tweet

"It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of President David Sassoli. Our deepest condolences are with his family and all who had the pleasure of working with him and knowing him". This is the tweet with which the European Parliament communicates on its website the death of its president.

He was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. He was an Italian journalist and politician, from 3 July 2019 until his death he held the role of President of the European Parliament, replacing another Italian, Antonio Tajani. Re-elected at the 2014 European elections, he was also Vice-President of the European Parliament from July 2014 to May 2019.

Affected in September 2021 by a severe form of Legionella pneumonia, he was forced to hospital for a few days. Again hospitalized from December 26, 2021 for a serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system, he died at 1:15 am on January 11, 2022 at the Cancer Reference Center in Aviano (Pordenone).

He was married and had a son and a daughter.

Numerous messages of condolence arrived from the highest authorities.

On his election to the EP see for details AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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