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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 resulting from a dysfunction of the immune system,” his workplace mentioned in a press release on Monday.
Sassoli had been taken to a hospital in Strasbourg in September to be handled for a extreme case of pneumonia.
Sassoli started his skilled profession as a journalist, working in newspapers earlier than shifting to tv. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 2009 as a member of Italy’s center-left Democratic Social gathering — a part of the broader Socialists and Democrats group within the Parliament.
In a message on Twitter, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen wrote: “I’m deeply saddened by the horrible lack of a fantastic European & proud Italian. David Sassoli was a compassionate journalist, an excellent President of the European Parliament and, first & foremost, a pricey pal. My ideas are along with his household.”
Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola, who has been operating because the candidate from the conservative European Individuals’s Social gathering to succeed Sassoli as president, tweeted: “I’m heartbroken. Europe has misplaced a pacesetter, I’ve a misplaced a pal, democracy has misplaced a champion,” including that Sassoli “devoted his life to creating the world a greater, fairer place.”
European Council President Charles Michel said he felt “unhappy and full of emotion” by the information of Sassoli’s dying, including: “We already miss his human heat, his generosity, his friendliness and his smile.”
“What a giant shock and a giant loss,” MEP Ismail Ertug mentioned in a tweet. “He left us too early. My condolences to his household! Expensive David, Relaxation In Peace!”
MEP Paolo Borchia said he was “surprised by the dying” of his fellow Italian.
Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe tweeted that he’s “very shocked and unhappy,” providing his “deepest condolences to [Sassoli’s] household, pals and colleagues within the European Parliament.”
Lili Bayer contributed reporting.
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