The Malta Independent 26 June 2022, Sunday

'I Pooh' historic member dies of Coronavirus

Saturday, 7 November 2020, 07:11 Last update: about 3 years ago

Stefano D’Orazio, historic member of the famous Italian band I Pooh, has died of Coronavirus, Italian media report.

D’Orazio, 72, for decades was the band’s drummer but also wrote songs and sand some of them.

He joined I Pooh in 1971, and left the group in 2009, but returned in 2015 to take part in the grand tour celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary.

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D’Orazio married his long-time companion Tiziana Giardo in 2017, on the day of his 70th birthday. They had no children.

I Pooh member Dodi Battaglia, in announcing the death, said it was devastating to know that “Stefano died on his own” in a hospital bed. “He was not well, but it did not appear to be so serious. He was being treated in a Rome Hospital. I was expecting news of his recovery but instead received the blow that he had died.”

On the social media, I Pooh said that they had lost a brother.

D’Orazio was born in Rome in 1948, and joined I Pooh in 1971. He was part of the band when I Pooh won the Sanremo festival in 1990 with “Uomini soli”.

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