(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 7 – Singer Michele Merlo died at 28 Monday
in a Bologna hospital where he had been admitted Thursday night
for a brain haemorrhage triggered by a sudden attack of
Merlo, whose stage name was Mike Bird, had risen to fame after
appearing on talent shows the X-Factor and Amici.
An extremely delicate operation failed to save his life.
Merlo had been sent home by another Bolgonese hospital which had
diagnosed his symptoms as being caused by a relatively innocuous
His family issued a statement denying reports that he had been
vaccinated against COVID-19, and that his symptoms were due to a
reaction to the jab.
Merlo received messages of sympathy from fans and colleagues
including Emma Marrone, Francesco Facchinetti, Ermal Meta,
Federico Rossi (of the Benji & Fede duo), and Aka7even, fellow
contestants on Amici. (ANSA).