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Mussolini's jazz pianist son dies
Romano Mussolini
Romano Mussolini started out as a musician under a different name
Romano Mussolini, the youngest son and last surviving child of Italy's former fascist dictator, has died aged 79.

The accomplished jazz pianist had been in hospital in Rome since 21 January. His daughter Alessandra leads a small right-wing party, Alternativa Sociale.

He last saw Benito Mussolini in April 1945 at the age of 17, shortly before the dictator was killed by partisans.

His father had three sons and two daughters. Romano's funeral will be held in Rome on Saturday.

Romano was married to Anna Maria Scicolone, the sister of actress Sophia Loren.

He started his music career in Naples under an assumed name, but reverted to his real name in the 1960s when his All Stars ensemble won critical acclaim.

He played with jazz greats including Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Chet Baker.

Although he shied away from his heritage, Romano brought out a memoir in 2004 entitled Il Duce, My Father.

In the book, he describes the dictator as a caring father.




SEE ALSO:
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