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Benetton co-founder has died

One of the founders of Benetton, Gilberto Benetton, has died aged 77.

Benetton, who founded the Milan-based clothing firm along with his siblings Luciano, Carlo and Giuliana, died after a short illness, the BBC reports. 

At the time of his death he was vice president of the family holding company Edizione.

Benetton was responsible for expanding the business away from fashion and into other sectors including property management, catering and construction. 

In a statement a Benetton family official said: ”Gilberto Benetton passed away On October 22 in Treviso, after an illness, assisted by wife Lalla, his daughters Barbara and Sabrina and his son-in-law Ermanno.”

The funeral will take place on October 26 at 11 , at the Dome Cathedral in Treviso



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