European Parliament President David Sassoli died, was hospitalized in Italy

David Sassoli

Washington: European Parliament President David Sassoli has died in a hospital in Italy. His spokesperson gave this information by tweeting on Tuesday. Spokesman Roberto Cuillo said in a tweet that Sassoli died at 1:15 pm on Monday in the north-eastern city of Aviano, Italy. No other information was given in the tweet.

Quilo said in a statement a day earlier that Sasoli was admitted to the hospital on December 26 after suffering an immune system problem. “He needed to be admitted to hospital because of a serious immune system problem,” Cuillo said in the statement.

Sassoli, 65, was elected president of the European Parliament for the first time in 2009. In 2014 he was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament. He had decided not to run for re-election after lawmakers decided to vote to appoint his new president later this month.

The European Parliament is headquartered in Strasbourg, France. It represents the 450 million citizens of the European Union and describes itself as the “heart of European democracy”. It is one of the seven branches of the European Union and has over 700 members.