After the death of Pd senator Bruno Astorre, the Rome prosecutor’s office will order an autopsy. An investigation has been opened into the crime of instigating suicide. As it turns out, he left no writings before taking his own life.

Bruno Astorre, senator of the Democratic Party, died on March 3 after having thrown himself from a window of the Senate offices in Palazzo Cenci, in Rome, a short distance from Palazzo Madama. A few days after his death, the Rome prosecutor’s office has announced that it will order an autopsy on Astorre’s body. Suicide instigation investigations have been opened. The senator’s phone was acquired by the prosecutors, as were his other electronic devices. Colleagues, friends and relatives were consulted to try to reconstruct the circumstances in which the death occurred and what Astorre’s state of mind was in the previous days.

As far as we know so far, it appears that the Senator left no writing before he took his own life. There scientific police, in the hours following his death, he carried out an inspection in his office. Corriere della Sera reported that Astorre would have tried to throw himself from the same window, on the fourth floor of Palazzo Cenci, even a week earlier.

A few days earlier, the senator – who was also secretary of the Democratic Party in Lazio – had commented on participation in the primaries in a note with the president of the regional Democratic Party Augusto Gregori: “Let’s start from here, from today’s enthusiasm and queuesto build together an alternative to this right-wing government”, they wrote. On the morning of March 3, Astorre had taken part in an online press review, with the local journalist Chiara Rai.

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Who was Bruno Astorre, senator and historic leader of the Democratic Party in Lazio

Bruno Astorre would have turned 60 on March 11, just over a week after his death. He was married to Francesca Sbardella, Pd mayor of the Municipality of Frascati. Senator since 2013first he had held the position of regional councilor in Lazio since 2003, then councilor for public works since 2005 and, between 2009 and 2010, he had been president of the regional council.

In 2007 he contributed to the foundation of the Democratic Party, and since December 2018 he was the regional secretary of the party. He was one of the most influential leaders in the Region. “I come from a school that interprets politics as a tool and not as an end,” he wrote on his resume.

Reactions to death, from Giorgia Meloni to Elly Schlein

“I am deeply disturbed by the news of Bruno Astorre’s passing,” she wrote Giorgia Meloni in response to what happened. It was just one of many notes of condolence from the president of the Senate Ignatius LaRussa who said he was “shocked by the terrible news” to Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida who said he felt “deep pain and enormous sadness”.

As for the party colleagues and colleagues, from the secretary Elly Schlein (“the whole democratic community gathers around his wife and his family”) down there were messages of closeness and mourning. The former secretary Enrico Letta was among the first to comment: “I am astonished at the tragic news of Bruno Astorre’s death. I can’t find words in the face of such a drama. There is silence. There is prayer. I embrace his loved ones “.

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