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Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister who overcame s**x scandals and corruption claims, died at the age of 86.
The billionaire businessman created Italy’s largest media company before transforming the country’s political landscape – while fending off multiple legal and s**x scandals. His spokesman confirmed his death this morning. He was admitted to San Raffaele Hospital in Milan on Friday for what aides said were pre-planned tests related to his leukemia. The former PM – who was in a relationship with 33-year-old Forza Italia MP Marta Fascina – was discharged from the hospital last month after treatment for a lung infection linked to Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukaemia (CML).
Berlusconi’s health markedly deteriorated in recent years, with open-heart surgery in 2016 and numerous hospital admissions since contracting Covid-19 three years ago. He was admitted to intensive care in April in the cardiac unit of the San Raffaele Hospital after suffering from breathing problems. While there, Berlusconi, the leader of the Right-wing Forza Italia party, was diagnosed with a lung infection and CML – a rare blood cancer characterized by high numbers of white blood cells. He was discharged on May 19 after 45 days in hospital. Berlusconi had previously overcome prostate cancer, which he described as a nightmare lasting months.
Silvio Berlusconi was 86 years old.
Former Italian Prime Minister dies at 86
But it was his battle with Covid in 2020 that he described as the ‘most dangerous challenge’ of his life. The three-time prime minister of Italy, who was embroiled in several scandals – most notably around his ‘Bunga Bunga parties – was admitted to hospital with a minor heart problem after fainting in 2006, and underwent heart surgery in a US hospital in January 2007. The former AC Milan owner, who also had major heart surgery in 2016 to replace an aortic valve, has had a pacemaker for several years. He was hospitalized again for a reported urinary tract infection in January 2022. Berlusconi, who won a seat in Italy’s Senate during general elections in September, stirred controversy in recent months with his criticism of Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, putting him at odds with Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni.
The billionaire, whose Forza Italia party is part of the ruling government coalition, was accused – but acquitted this year – of paying young starlets and others for ‘silence and lies’ about his notoriously hedonistic soirees, which he has always insisted were elegant dinners. The verdict was the culmination of a legal battle that began in 2010 when Berlusconi, then prime minister, was accused of abusing his power to protect a young Moroccan nightclub dancer, Karima El-Mahroug. Berlusconi, who had five children, was temporarily banned from political office after a conviction for tax fraud in 2013, for which he served a community sentence. But he returned to the political front lines and was re-elected as a senator last year. The media mogul, who first entered politics in 1994, did not have a role in Italy’s government at the time of his death.