Legendary Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Passes Away at Age 86

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Dies at the Age of 86

Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial Italian businessman and politician, has passed away at the age of 86. His media company confirmed the news of his death on Wednesday.

After a lengthy career in business, Berlusconi entered politics in the early 1990s and eventually served three terms as prime minister of Italy. His tenure was marked by numerous scandals and accusations of corruption, prompting criticism from both domestic and international observers.

Berlusconi was also known for his flamboyant personality and media presence, which helped him maintain a level of popularity among some Italian voters even as his political fortunes waned.

While he retired from politics in 2018, Berlusconi’s legacy has continued to shape Italian politics. Critics allege that his populist tactics and disregard for democratic norms paved the way for other strongman leaders, both in Italy and beyond.

As news of his passing spread, tributes and condolences poured in from across the world. Many acknowledged Berlusconi’s divisive legacy, but also praised his contributions to Italian politics and society.