Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dies at 86

Milan, June 12 (BNA) Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, who changed the country’s politics with polarizing policies and often alarmed his allies with his brazen statements, died on Monday at the age of 86.

Berlusconi, Italy’s longest serving prime minister, has suffered from leukemia and recently developed a lung infection. He died at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, where he was admitted on Friday.

A hospital spokesman said his five children, partner Marta Fassina and younger brother Paolo were with him.

A state funeral will be held in Milan’s cathedral on Wednesday, which has been declared a day of national mourning by the government. Flags will fly at half mast until Wednesday.


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