European Parliament President David Sassoli has died at the age of 65.
His spokesman says, Sassoli was admitted to hospital in Italy last month due to a serious complication with his immune system.
The Italian former journalist and centre-left politician was seriously ill for more than two weeks and cancelled all official activities.
He died in the early hours of today in hospital in Aviano, Italy.
In September, Sassoli was taken to hospital in Strasbourg where he was treated for a severe case of pneumonia. He resumed his political duties in November.
A vote to elect his replacement had already been planned for later this month, and Sassoli indicated that he would not seek re-election.
The former newsreader became president of the 705-seat European Parliament in July 2019.