Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi died at the age of 86

In a report from Italian media on Monday, it was reported that Silvio Berlusconi,

former prime minister of Italy and sitting senator, was 86 years old.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of death. Last week, 

He was hospitalized for medical checks related to his chronic leukemia.

During his tenure as prime minister beginning in 1994, the media mogul 

left a mark on popular culture with his flamboyant lifestyle, while his abrasiveness, coarseness,

populist style, and constant legal problems tainted Italy's image.

Aside from television networks, newspapers, publishing houses, a top soccer team

and more, he built an empire in construction and real estate.

Building an empire

In the 1970s, a housewife in the studio was prompted to strip 

"If someone had told me this was the beginning of a new empire, 

a huge media empire and a new political order, where the owner of the media empire 

would become prime minister and the story would begin with a striptease program,

I would laugh," says Erik Gandini, director of Videocracy, 

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