Angelo Rizzoli, Italian publisher, producer, dead at 70

Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM   |   0 comments

ROME, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Former film producer and publisher Angelo Rizzoli has died in a hospital in Rome, his wife, Melania de Nichilo, announced Thursday. He was 70.

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

ANSA said the "Padre Pio," "Cuore" and "La Guerra e Finita" filmmaker was known for a series of high-profile legal disputes, including a $41 million bankruptcy case.

"My husband was sick. This court case broke his heart, he was exhausted," the Italian news agency quoted de Nichilo as saying.

The ex-chairman of the Rizzoli publishing empire was charged last February with alleged fraudulent bankruptcy, involving his company Audiovisual Tiber, and had been under house arrest since then.

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