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Former Italian president and premier Ciampi dies at 95

  • FILE - This April 10, 2009 file photo shows then Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi attending the funeral service for quake victims in L'Aquila, central Italy. Ciampi died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 95 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, files)

    FILE - This April 10, 2009 file photo shows then Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi attending the funeral service for quake victims in L'Aquila, central Italy. Ciampi died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 95 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, files)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This May 3, 2006 file photo shows Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, right, and his wife Franca waving during their visit to the city of Leghorn, Italy. Ciampi died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 95 after a long illness.  (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi, files)

    FILE - This May 3, 2006 file photo shows Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, right, and his wife Franca waving during their visit to the city of Leghorn, Italy. Ciampi died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 95 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi, files)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This April 21, 2006 file photo shows Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi greeting people as he arrives at the Auditorium to attend a concert in Rome. Ciampi died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 95 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

    FILE - This April 21, 2006 file photo shows Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi greeting people as he arrives at the Auditorium to attend a concert in Rome. Ciampi died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 95 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)  (The Associated Press)

The Italian Senate says that former premier and president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who was also a senator for life, has died at age 95 after a long illness.

Ciampi, who died on Friday, served as both premier of Italy, in 1993-94 when he headed a technocratic government, and also as president, from 1999-2006. He also was governor of the Bank of Italy for 14 years

Premier Matteo Renzi paid tribute to Ciampi, recalling him as "a man of the institutions who served Italy with passion."

The news agency ANSA, citing Ciampi's doctor, said the senator been hospitalized in recent days at the Pio XI hospital in Rome after his condition had worsened. No details were provided.