Berlusconi, who served as Prime Minister of Italy in four governments, announced the death of Niccolò Ghedini via Facebook.
“Our Niccolò has left us,” he said.
“It doesn’t seem possible to us but unfortunately it is so. Our pain is great, immense, we almost can’t believe it: three days ago we were still working together. What can we say about him?”
The 85-year-old added: “A great, dear friend, an exceptional professional, cultured and highly intelligent, of infinite generosity. We will miss you immensely, and we wonder how we will manage without you. Niccolò dear, Niccolò dearest, we loved you so much, we will always love you.
“Goodbye. For us you are always here, among us, in our hearts. A strong, very strong embrace.”
Niccolò Ghedini was an Italian lawyer and politician.
He had also been a member of the Italian Liberal Party since the late 1970s before later joining Forza Italia following his long-time friend Giancarlo Galan.
He was elected for the first time to the Chamber of Deputies in 2001.
Since 2005, he has been the regional coordinator of Forza Italia in Veneto.
Following the news of Ghedini’s death, tributes poured into social media.
Deputy of Forza Italia Giorgio Mulè said: “Niccolò Ghedini was a lawyer, in the noblest and most indispensable sense of this profession. Beside Berlusconi was the D’Artagnan of the musketeers in defense of rights and guarantees. I will miss him with his extraordinary humor. “
” RIP Niccolò Ghedini,” one person wrote.
Francesco Lollobrigida wrote: “Condolences for the death of Senator Niccolò Ghedini and sincere closeness, in my name and of the group of Brothers of Italy in the Chamber of Deputies, to the family and to all his loved ones.”
Speaking about Berlusconi’s brushes with the law, one person said: ” #Berlusconi :” Niccolò Ghedini was a great, cultured, highly intelligent, an exceptional professional “. For what he invented and how much he had to study to keep him from going to jail we could say Arcore’s PieroAngela . “
According to local media reports, the senator of Forza Italia died at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan where he was hospitalised for severe leukaemia.
He apparently suffered complications with Pneumonia that aggravated his health conditions and was likely the cause of his death, as reported by tg24.sky.it.
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