European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at 65

The former TV newscaster has been hospitalized since December 26 due to a dysfunctional immune system.


European Parliament President David Sassoli died in an Italian hospital last December.

The 65-year-old Italian has been seriously ill for more than two weeks due to a dysfunctional immune system.


“David Sassoli passed away on January 11 at 1:15am at CRO in Aviano, Italy, where he was hospitalized,” his spokesman, Roberto Cullo, tweeted on Tuesday . “The date and location of the funeral will be announced in the next few hours.”

Cullo said on Monday that the former TV newscaster had been hospitalized since Dec. 26 with “serious complications from a dysfunction of the immune system” and announced the cancellation of Sassoli’s official events.


Sassoli had previously been hospitalized with pneumonia for several weeks last September.

The European Parliament’s term between elections is five years, but the term of the body’s president is only half.

Sassooli has already indicated he will not seek re-election.


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After a three-year career as a journalist – starting in newspapers, then turning to TV and becoming a nationally known anchor – Sassori became a member of the European Parliament in 2009 and speaker in 2019.

He is a member of the centre-left Socialist Party and the Democratic Progressive Alliance, the second-largest group in parliament after the centre-right European People’s Party.

Despite his role as a speaker, he holds the title of President of the European Legislature. He is traditionally pronounced “Il Presidente” in Italian when he arrives in the chamber.


Unlike some EU officials who speak in English and French in public, Sassoli emphasizes the use of Italian.

MEPs are expected to hold the first round of voting for his successor next Tuesday.

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