David Sassoli

President of the European Parliament from 2019 to 2022

David Maria Sassoli (30 May 1956 – 11 January 2022) was an Italian politician and journalist. He was the President of the European Parliament from July 2019 until his death in January 2022.[1] He was a member of the Democratic Party. He first became a member of the European Parliament in July 2009. Before entering politics, he worked for newspaper Il Giorno and as a news reporter for TG3 and TG1.

Official portrait, 2019
Sassoli's signature

Sassoli was born in Florence. He was married to Alessandra Vittorini, and had two children. He was a fan of football club Fiorentina.

In September 2021, Sassoli was taken to a hospital in Strasbourg, Germany, for pneumonia.[2] In December 2021, he was again taken to a hospital, this time in Aviano because of problems with his immune system.[2] Sassoli died there on 11 January 2022 from problems caused by multiple myeloma, aged 65.[3]


  1. "MEPs choose David-Maria Sassoli as new European Parliament president". BBC News. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Parliament President David Sassoli in hospital with 'serious' health complication". Politico. 11 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  3. "European Parliament President David Sassoli dies after hospitalization". Deutsche Welle. 11 January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2022.

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