David Sassoli: European Parliament President Dies At 65
European Parliament President David Sassoli has died at the age of 65, his spokesman says. Mr Sassoli was admitted to hospital in Italy last month due to a serious complication with his immune system also. The Italian former journalist and centre-left politician was seriously ill for more than two weeks too and cancelled all official
activities. He also died in the early hours of Tuesday in hospital in the Aviano, Italy, his spokesman, Roberto Cuillo announced. In September Mr Sassoli was taken to a hospital in Strasbourg where he was treated for a severe case of pneumonia. He resumed his political duties in November. A vote to elect his replacement had
already been planned for later this month, and Sassoli indicated that he would not seek re-election. The former newsreader became president of the 705-seat European Parliament in July 2019. He beat three other candidates to the role and in a speech following his victory he then called for EU to return to spirit of its founding fathers
who swapped warfare and nationalism for peace and equality. Sassoli left journalism and became a member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2009. He was also a member of the centre-left Progressive Alliance of the Socialists and Democrats, the second-biggest grouping in the parliament. What a big shock and a big loss. I am
deeply saddened, MEP Ismail Ertug wrote on Twitter. Another MEP, Paolo Borchia, expressed condolences to Sassoli’s family and said the news had left him stunned.