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Bruno Tassan Din Dies at 65

Updated 11:32 AM ET December 29, 2000

ROME (AP) - Bruno Tassan Din, an Italian publisher who wielded huge influence until his reputation became tarnished by scandal, has died of a cerebral hemorrhage, newspapers reported Friday. He was 65.

Tassan Din had been ill for years with multiple sclerosis and died Tuesday at his daughter's home in Paris, Milan's Corriere della Sera reported. The newspaper is run by the Rizzoli publishing house, which Tassan Din once ran. Family members did not comment.

Tassan Din was a major force in Italy's political life in the 1970s and early 1980s until he was brought down by two of Italy's biggest postwar scandals, the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, and of his involvement with P-2 or Propaganda Due, a group accused of treason and of plotting right-wing coups and other offenses.

Tassan Din served on the bank's board of directors and Rizzoli was a shareholder. He was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted in the bank's fraudulent bankruptcy scandal.

He is survived by four children. No date for the funeral was set.