Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi died this Monday at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan due to leukemia that he had suffered for some time, according to reports by the Italian media and the Efe agency. The 86-year-old businessman had also been admitted to the hospital last Friday, just three weeks after being discharged after having spent 44 days hospitalized for pneumonia aggravated by leukemia that he had suffered for a long time.
Paolo and Marina Berlusconi, the first to arrive at the hospital
Paolo and Berlcusconi’s eldest daughter Marina by his side, followed by his other children, Eleonora, Barbara, Pier Silvio and Luigi.
Last Friday, his doctors assured that Berlusconi had been admitted to the San Raffaele Hospital for some “scheduled controls of his well-known hematological pathology” and that his admission did not respond “to any critical aspect or alarm.”
Berlusconi thus returned to the hospital three weeks after being discharged, after spending 44 days hospitalized for pneumonia aggravated by leukemia that, according to what his medical team revealed at the time, had been suffering for a long time.
Berlusconi, his girlfriend’s companion at all times
During that time he was accompanied at all times by his girlfriend, the deputy Marta Fascina, 53 years younger, and received visits from his closest collaborators, from his partners, such as Giorgia Meloni, and from his family, such as his five children, as well as many friends.
From the hospital, the tycoon even appeared in two videos: one to encourage Italians to vote in local elections and another to intervene in his party’s convention, in which he claimed to be “ready” to return to battle. .
The medical report from his trusted doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, revealed that Berlusconi was being treated for a “lung infection” caused by “a chronic hematological condition that he has been carrying for a long time: chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.”
What is chronic myeloid leukemia?
Chronic myeloid leukemia is a form of blood cancer that can appear especially in people over 60 years of age and the doctors then specified that he was undergoing “specialized cytoreductive treatment” and chemotherapy.
Over the years, Berlusconi had been hospitalized on several occasions: on one of them a pacemaker was implanted, while he was also admitted for covid-19 and in one of the most recent, in 2022, he was admitted for a urinary infection.