European Parliament President David Sassoli has died at the age of 65, his spokesperson has announced.
Robert Cuillo took the news on Twitter, writing that Mr Sassoli died at 1:15 a.m. on January 11 at a hospital in Aviano, Italy.
He had been there since December 26 “because of a serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system,” his cabinet announced on Monday.
Mr Sassoli was born in Florence, Italy, and in 2009 he left a career as a journalist to become a member of the center-left Democratic Party.
He successfully ran for the district seat of Central Italy in the 2009 European elections and was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament in 2014.
After his re-election in 2019, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats proposed Mr Sassoli as the new candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament and he was elected on July 3, succeeding Antonio Tajani.
On taking the role, he became the seventh Italian to hold the post and his term was due to end this month.
Mr. Sassoli was married to Alessandra Vittorini and leaves two children.
He was first hospitalized in Strasbourg in September 2021 for pneumonia and the state of the Union of the EU was not respected.