David Sassoli was a famous journalist in his native Italy. Eventually, he threw his hat in the ring in the world of politics. He was to become one of the most prominent politicians in Europe.
In recent months, Sassoli’s health had deteriorated. However, MSN reports that he had had problems with his immune system. Some details were vague. Unfortunately, they were apparently severe.
Died in Aviano, Italy
David Sassoli died on Monday in Aviano, in northeastern Italy. Politico says he was hospitalized there shortly after Christmas.
A few months earlier, he had been hospitalized in Strasbourg, Germany. At the time, it would be a serious case of pneumonia. At the time of his death, Sassoli was serving as President of the European Parliament.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was among those who issued statements of mourning after Sassoli’s death. Say in part that she was “deeply saddened by the terrible loss of” her “dear friend”. She also said he had been an “exceptional” president of the European Parliament. The First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, and the President of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe, also issued statements.
Sassoli was first elected to the European Parliament in 2009 in the constituency of Central Italy.
He was a member of the center-left Partito Democratico (Democratic Party). In 2013, Sassoli was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Rome. Italian Senator Ignazio Marino ultimately won the race.
In 2014, Sassoli was re-elected to the European Parliament. He was also selected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Parliament and member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.
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He was re-elected to the European Parliament again in 2019. In that year, Sassoli was also chosen as the new President of the Parliament. He succeeded another member from central Italy in Antonio Tajani.
Sassoli had been one of Italy’s best-known journalists
David Sassoli was a native of Florence. He will continue his studies in political science at La Sapienza University in Rome.
In Rome, he took up a job as a journalist with Il Tempo. Sassoli would eventually work with various publications, including ASCA. Among the events for which he was present as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1990s, he became a journalist for the television series “TG3”. During Heently collaborated with journalist Michele Santoro for other projects. During the same period, Santo would also become a member of the European Parliament.
Later, Sassoli was named host of “TG1”, one of the most popular television series in the world. Eventually, he was chosen as deputy director. Sassoli would eventually retire from journalism to pursue his career in politics.
David Sassoli was married to the famous architect Alessandra Vittorini. Together, they had two children.
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