Mr Costa in conversation with David Sassoli in February 2020

Profound sadness: PM reacts to death of European parliamentary President David Sassoli

Prime minister António Costa has joined other European leaders today in expressing his “profound sadness” over the death of president of the European parliament David Sassoli whom he described as “a friend”. Mr Sassoli, 65, died in the very early hours of this morning due to what is being described as “a serious complication with his immune system”. He had been “severely ill” for the last two weeks, explains the BBC, having suffered “a severe case of pneumonia caused by legionella” last September.