Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s flamboyant media mogul and politician, has died aged 86

His personality struck a chord with the Italian electorate, which continued to back him despite allegations of corruption and double-dealing

He was prime minister four times – each time it seemed his political career was over, he managed to bounce back

Nine years after he was banned from public office for tax fraud, he was back in parliament, elected to Italy’s Senate before he turned 86 in September 2022

It was often his private life – his fondness for surrounding himself with young women, and the ensuing scandals – that made global headlines

He died in hospital in Milan, after being treated for a lung infection and leukaemia

Italy’s defence minister, Guido Crosetto, says: “An era is over, an era is closing. I love him so very much”

BBC/Simeon Ugbodovon

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