First American News LLC, Raleigh, NC: He was a well-known journalist in his native Italy before going into politics, and devoted his tenure to making the Parliament more prominent.
David Sassoli, an Italian journalist-turned-politician who was president of the European Parliament and dedicated his later years to seeking to increase its powers during the rocky years of Brexit and the pandemic, died on Tuesday in Italy. He was 65.
His office said on Twitter that he had died in the town of Aviano, in northeast Italy. No cause was given, but he had been in poor health. He was hospitalized with severe pneumonia in September during an annual plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg, France, and admitted to an Italian hospital on Dec. 26 because his immune system was not functioning normally, his spokesman, Roberto Cuillo, said on Monday on social media.