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  • CHIARA MAFFIOLETTI / FELICE CAVALLARO

    Corriere della Sera

    Milan

Updated Tuesday, 18May2021-17: 07

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Franco Battiato's illness will always remain a secret.

Perhaps because of this, his departure now resembles a swoon more than a death.

The singer had retired from the scene for almost three years.

He was sick, that was known.

But hardly anyone could say with certainty

what evil he was fighting with

, and that mystery further enhanced the image of an enigmatic artist.

Something that, in fact, always was.

It was in 2019 the last time that the artist was seen, when the dis

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