October 19, 2017 / 3:16 PM / 2 years ago

Fragment of Florence basilica falls and kills tourist: official

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - A stone fragment, probably a piece of marble from the top of a column, fell on a tourist visiting Florence’s Basilica of the Holy Cross, killing him, officials said on Thursday.

The church where Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarotti is buried has been closed by police, a spokesman for the national fire rescue service said. The fire service identified the victim as a male Spaniard in his 50s.

Reporting by Silvia Ognibene, writing by Steve Scherer; editing by Peter Graff

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