Italian man takes life after €460,000 gamble

Italian man takes life after €460,000 gamble
Alessandro Bastianoni reportedly lost €460,000 gambling in Peru. Photo: Photos of Money/Flickr
An Italian poker player has committed suicide in Peru after losing around €460,000 in gambling.

Alessandro Bastianoni’s body was found in a Lima apartment next to a bottle containing a poisonous susbstance, Corriere della Sera said.

Investigators also found an overnight bag containing around €105,000 in cash and a letter in which the gambler asked for the money to be used for his cremation.

Bastianoni likely committed suicide 10 days ago, investigators said, following a worried phone call to his partner.

“He told me that he had lost a lot of money and I could hear deep sadness in his voice. I tried to cheer him up, but it was useless,” partner Yeinni Ospina told Corriere.

Bastianoni was found after she contacted the Italian ambassador and Peruvian police.

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