David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, dies at 65
(CNN) – President of the European Parliament, David SassoliHe died in Italy, according to a tweet from his spokesperson posted early Tuesday local time.
“EP_ President David Sassoli died at 1:15 am on January 11 at the CRO in Aviano (PN), Italy, where he was taken to hospital. The date and location of the funeral will be announced in the next few hours,” wrote Roberto Coelho.
On Monday, Coelho said that Sassoli had been hospitalized in Italy since December 26 due to serious complications related to a defect in his immune system.
Citing his office, Reuters reported that David Sassoli, a center-left Italian politician, was also treated in a French hospital for pneumonia in September.
Sassoli, 65, has been speaker of the 705-seat parliament since 2019. His term is due to expire this month, and he was not expected to run for a second term, according to Reuters.
Due to illness, David Sassoli has been unable to lead parliament in Strasbourg in recent weeks and missed the annual State of the European Union in September.
With information from Reuters