Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi In Intensive Care

Silvio Berlusconi

Italy’s colourful ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi, is in intensive care today for heart problems.

The 86-year-old media mogul and senator, who dominated politics for decades in Italy, is currently in Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital AFP report.

Berlusconi, the billionaire right-wing Forza Italia party leader, spent four days last month at the same hospital for what Italian news reports called heart issues.

After dominating Italian politics for two decades, the man known in his homeland as the  “Cavaliere” appears visibly diminished on the rare occasions he is seen in public.

Long gone are the days of his infamous erotic “bunga bunga” parties with young starlets, which he has always insisted were nothing more than elegant dinners.

Berlusconi was in hospital for 11 days for Covid-related pneumonia in September 2020, after contracting the virus while on holiday in Sardinia, describing it as “perhaps the most difficult ordeal of my life.”

The following year, Covid-related complications caused a series of hospital stays.

Berlusconi, who served as prime minister three times after entering politics in 1994, had open heart surgery in 2016 and surgery on his intestine three years later.

Berlusconi won a seat in Italy’s Senate during general elections in September, nine years after he was kicked out from the upper house of parliament after a conviction on tax.