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Film producer Cecchi Gori hospitalised

Pneumonia not COVID says bankrupt businessman

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 26 - Bankrupt Italian film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori was hospitalised with pneumonia on Wednesday.
    The Florence-born producer, 80, who pleaded guilty to bankruptcy and was sentenced in February 2020 to 8 years and 5 months of imprisonment, said "I only have pneumonia, it's not COVID, which I actually already had and recovered from".
    Speaking on the phone to ANSA from his bed in Rome's Gemelli Hospital, he added: "I'm not worried: the fact is that when you're 80 you get weaker, they're giving me oxygen, but it's not COVID".
    The son of the more famous Mario Cecchi Gori, the producer has produced numerous films, most notably Il Postino: The Postman (1994), which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and Life Is Beautiful (1997) which received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a Best Actor Oscar for director and actor Roberto Benigni, the first for a male non-English performance, and a third Oscar for Nicola Piovani's score.
    Cecchi Gori was also briefly a Senator for the now-defunct Italian People's Party.
    He owned the football club A.C. Fiorentina from 1993 to 2002, as well as the private television channel La7.
    On 3 June 2008, he was arrested in Rome for bankruptcy and on 25 July 2011 again.
    He was a gossip magazine staple with his on-off relationship with actress Valeria Marini, and previously his marriage (1983-2000) to actress Rita Rusic. (ANSA).


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