MILAN (Reuters) – Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferre died at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital on Sunday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, the hospital said in a statement.
Ferre, 62, had been admitted to hospital on Friday. The hospital said doctors confirmed his death at 9:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT).
The portly, bearded designer was suffering from diabetes and had already had two strokes, the first in 2003, according to Italian media. Ferre was known for his sharp, tailored women’s suits and furs. He was artistic director at prestigious French fashion house Christian Dior for some seven years from 1989.