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Berlusconi ill after PdL party convention

Condition raises past health concerns for 76-year-old

Berlusconi ill after PdL party convention

Rome, January 25 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi felt ill Friday during the national convention for his center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party in Rome, recalling past episodes. After addressing the audience, the 76-year-old media mogul rushed to sit down and called his party secretary Angelino Alfano to bring him a bottle of water. In 2006 he was fitted with a pacemaker after collapsing during an on-stage speech to young members of his Forza Italia party, which was merged into the PdL. When asked about his condition as he left the convention, Berlusconi replied, "Not very well". Berlusconi, whose youthful image has been boosted by facelifts, sunlamps and a hair transplant, has had fainting spells in the past. He has always blamed them on working too hard and sleeping too little. He has also successfully battled prostate cancer.

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