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Augusto Odone dead in New York at 80

Economist inspired film 'Lorenzo's Oil' about son

Augusto Odone dead in New York at 80

New York, October 25 - Augusto Odone, a World Bank economist who inspired the Hollywood film 'Lorenzo's Oil' about treating his son's illness, is dead at 80. Italian-born Odone, who died in Acqui Terme in Italy's northern Piedmonte region, dedicated much of his life to finding a cure to the neurological illness afflicting his son Lorenzo who died at age 30 in 2008. Lorenzo had been was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a neurological condition, when he was six. Doctors had predicted he would die in childhood, but Augusto Odone and his wife Michaela sought treatments, including devising a concoction derived from cooking oil that appeared to delay Lorenzo's symptoms for years. Christina Odone announced her father's death, saying he died on Thursday after suffering organ failure triggered by a lung infection. Augusto Odone taught himself enough science to formulate the concoction derived from natural cooking oils for Lorenzo. (ANSA).

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