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Italian poker star kills self over $600,000 loss

'I couldn't cheer him up' says girlfriend

17 July, 19:19
Italian poker star kills self over $600,000 loss (ANSA) - Lima, July 17 - Italian poker star Alessandro Bastianoni was found dead inside a luxury apartment in Miraflores, Peru Wednesday with reported gambling debts of $600,000. His death appeared to be a suicide by poisoning roughly 10 days ago, according to local media. Bastianoni's body was discovered by his partner Yeinni Ospina, who lives in Colombia, media said. She last spoke with him July 6 and went searching for him after losing communication. "He told me he'd lost a lot of money and I could hear a profound sadness in his voice. I tried to cheer him up but it was useless," she said.