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The Italian ambassador to Australia is believed to have died after falling from a balcony in her hometown. Italian media reported on Sunday that ambassador Francesca Tardioli was found dead outside a house in Foligno, north of Rome. His death is being investigated by local authorities, according to reports. Australia’s Ambassador to Italy, Margaret Twomey, mourned the loss of Ms Tardioli on social media. “Heartbreaking news of the passing of Ambassador Francesca Tardioli. Dear friend. Brilliant colleague. Highly respected diplomat,” she wrote on Twitter Sunday evening. She described Ms Tardioli as one of Italy’s greatest gifts to Australia. The Italian Embassy in Australia website describes Ms Tardioli as a high-ranking diplomat who had served as ambassador since September 2019. She was fluent in English and French with good knowledge of the German and Spanish languages. , says the website. The Italian embassy and foreign ministry also praised Ms Tardioli in social media posts on Sunday evening. The AAP has contacted the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for comment. Lifeline 13 11 14 beyond blue 1300 22 4636 Australian Associated Press

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