Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Passes Away at 86, Leaving a Controversial Legacy

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Passes Away at 86, Leaving a Controversial Legacy

…By Henry George for TDPel Media. Italy’s longest-serving premier and media mogul, Silvio Berlusconi, passed away at the age of 86, as confirmed on Monday.

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Throughout his political career, Berlusconi faced scandals related to his extravagant parties and allegations of corruption.

Tribute to a Political Figure:

The official spokesman for the Prime Minister offered a brief tribute to the former Italian leader, acknowledging Berlusconi’s significant impact on Italian politics over several decades.

The spokesman expressed condolences to the Italian people and Berlusconi’s family.

Illness and Hospitalization:

Italian news agency LaPresse reported Berlusconi’s death following his second hospitalization in months for chronic leukemia.

Earlier, on April 5, he had been admitted to a hospital in Milan due to a lung infection stemming from the disease.

Berlusconi had also battled heart ailments, prostate cancer, and had been treated for a COVID-19 infection in 2020.

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A Familiar Face on the World Stage:

Berlusconi’s three terms as prime minister made him a prominent figure both nationally and internationally.

He had working relationships with multiple British prime ministers, including Sir Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and David Cameron.

Sir Tony Blair, in a statement, remembered Berlusconi as a larger-than-life figure with whom he closely collaborated during his tenure as prime minister.

Blair acknowledged the controversy surrounding Berlusconi but described him as a capable and shrewd leader who remained true to his word.

European Collaborations and Olympics Support:

Blair further highlighted Berlusconi’s role as an ally in European Councils, where he fiercely protected Italy’s interests while seeking practical solutions to complex problems.

Blair expressed gratitude for Berlusconi’s personal support in securing the successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, citing it as an unforgettable gesture.

He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to Berlusconi’s family in this time of grief.

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