Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi diagnosed with leukemia
According to Corriere della Sera (a leading Italian newspaper), Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy, has been diagnosed with leukemia.
Berlusconi (86), a right-wing politician was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, April 5 with breathing problems.
His spokesman, Paolo Russo, did not deny the reports of ill health when asked and said he is “not authorized to give health info but the Corriere della Sera is the most authoritative Italian newspaper.”
When contacted by Post, a second spokesperson for Forza Italia’s party leader did not deny that the report was true.
The controversial politician has served three stints as Italy’s prime minister, most recently between 2008 and 2011, before being banned from politics for six years following a conviction for tax fraud.
Berlusconi returned to frontline politics in 2022 when he won a seat in Italy’s Senate, representing the northern municipality of Monza.
In 2021 he was hospitalized for treatment for the symptoms of long Covid-19, according to the press office of his Forza Italia party. He also spent time in the hospital the previous year after contracting the coronavirus and had a 2016 heart surgery to replace an aortic valve.