Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
GENOA

Former playboy Gigi Rizzi dies at 69

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Genoa, June 24 - The jetset playboy who had an
affair with Brigitte Bardot, Gigi Rizzi, died the day after 69th
birthday during the night between Sunday and Monday.
The businessman and actor was struck by sudden illness at
the home of some friends in Saint Tropez where he and his wife
Dolores Mayol were guests Sunday evening, reported the newspaper
La Repubblica on Monday.
Emergency medical assistance was unable to revive him, the
paper said.
Rizzi became a symbol of the Dolcevita in the late 1960's
and early 1970's, partying with jetset friends from Cannes to
Saint Tropez at the height of the French Riviera's golden years.
An brief affair with Brigitte Bardot in the summer of 1968
shot Rizzi into the public eye.
Rizzi founded the discoteque Number One in Milan and Rome.
The Roman disco shuttered its doors in 1972 after cocaine
was found in its bathroom.
Rizzi also appeared in a number of films from 1969 to 1972.
In the mid-1970s Rizzi abandoned his life of glitz and
moved to Argentina where he bought a large animal-raising farm.
There he lived for many years.
Rizzi eventually moved back to his home turf in the Italian
coastal region of Liguria, and lived in the rural, hill-village
of Lago in recent years.

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