Costanzo was a familiar face on Italian television for decades.
Ci lascia Maurizio Costanzo: icona del giornalismo e della tv, che ha saputo raccontare anni difficili con coraggio e professionalità. Grazie per aver portato nelle case degli italiani cultura, simpatia e gentilezza. Un pensiero a sua moglie Maria e ai suoi cari. Buon viaggio. pic.twitter.com/py5BL8nEcU
— Giorgia Meloni (@GiorgiaMeloni) February 24, 2023
Born in Rome in 1938, Costanzo began his career at the age of 18 with the Roman newspaper Paese Sera, and in 1979 he was the founding editor of the short-lived tabloid L'Occhio.
Parallel to journalism, he worked as a radio and TV host, becoming known for the popular Bontà loro show on state broadcaster RAI.
He then moved to Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset network where he hosted The Maurizio Costanzo Show, which became the longest-lasting talk show in Italy.
Costanzo was also a screenwriter for several films, the author of numerous books, and was the co-writer of the lyrics of the song Se telefonando, which was a hit for the singer Mina in 1966.
He was known for standing up to the mafia and in 1993 he survived a car bomb attack carried out by the Cosa Nostra in Rome.
Costanzo's funeral will be held at the Chiesa degli Artisti in Piazza del Popolo on Monday 27 February at 15.00.
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