The former President and Italian Prime Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi died Friday at the age of 95 years, reports La Stampa.

The Italian politician died on Friday morning in a hospital from Rome after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Franca and their two children.

The former resistance fighter in the World War II was born on December 9 in the city of Livorno into a family of opticians. He graduated from the Faculty of Letter in Pisa in 1941 and Law School in 1946.

During his impressive career, he was also a governor at Italy’s central bank between 1979 and 1993, a prime minister between 1993 and 1994 and last but not least, the president of Italy from 1999 until 2006.

The tributes to one of Italy’s most iconic political figures poured on Friday. The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed his gratitude on social media: ‘for a man who served Italy with passion.’

Also, former premier Enrico Letta said in another message on Twitter that if : ’Italy is (still) a great country, the acknowledgment we owe Ciampi is enormous.’

He was married to Franca for more than 70 years. Before his passing, he spent several weeks in the intensive care.

Ciampi helped Italy through the dark days of corruption scandals in the 90’s and was considered one of the founders of the euro currency.

‘Politically speaking, Ciampi is one of the traitors of Italy’, Matteo Salvini told Sky Italia TV.

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