European Parliament President David Sassoli Dies Aged 65

European Parliament President David Sassoli opening the first plenary session of 2021. Photo: European Union 2021, EP (file photo)
European Parliament President David Sassoli opening the first plenary session of 2021. Photo: European Union 2021, EP (file photo)

A vote to elect his replacement had already been planned for later this month, and Mr Sassoli had indicated that he would not seek re-election.

European Parliament President David Sassoli has died at the age of 65 in a hospital in Italy. A former journalist, Mr Sassoli, who had been ailing for the past couple of weeks was admitted to hospital in Italy in December 2021 with serious immune system complications.

His spokesman, Roberto Cuillo, announced on Twitter that Mr Sassoli passed away at 1.15 am on 11 January in Italy where he was hospitalized. He added that Mr Sassoli has been in hospital since 26 December because of a serious complication due to dysfunction of his immune system. 

“I am deeply saddened by the terrible loss of a great European and proud Italian. David Sassoli was a compassionate journalist, an outstanding President of the European Parliament and, first and foremost, a dear friend. My thoughts are with his family,” tweeted Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

BBC reports that a vote to elect his replacement had already been planned for later this month, and Mr Sassoli had indicated that he would not seek re-election.

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