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Italian Paparazzo Found Shot Dead In Rome
A top Italian paparazzo who took pictures of Brangelina, Beyonce and dozens of other celebrities has been found shot dead.
Daniele Lo Presti, 42, was discovered on a riverside with a single bullet wound to the head, the classic sign of an ordered hit.
Murder squad detectives launched an investigation following the discovery of his body and have not ruled out the possibility he was killed after "crossing" someone in his business.
Mr Lo Presti was found in the Testaccio district in the southwest of Rome on a cycling track where he regularly went jogging.
Paramedics called to the scene initially thought he had suffered a fatal heart attack, but called police after they spotted his head wound.
Mr Lo Presti was originally from Vibo Valentia in Calabria, the deep south of Italy and home to the local mafia known as the 'Ndrangheta.
Five years ago his car and family had been targeted by arsonists, but police said that was due to "jealousy" and are not linking that incident to his death.
A Rome police spokesman said: "Lo Presti was a well-known paparazzo photographer and his scoops embarrassed many people.
"We are not ruling out a connection between his work and his death, and we are looking through all his most recent assignments as well as phone and computer records."
His portfolio included Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Rihanna, who were all snapped while on holiday in the Mediterranean.
He also snapped designers Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana on their yacht.
Mr Lo Presti was also behind glamour photographs of TV hostess Sara Tommasi who has been linked to former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's infamous bunga bunga parties.
She said: "I'm sorry to hear of his death. Such things should not happen. The city should be safer."
Police said Mr Lo Presti was running with friends and had become separated from them when he was shot and they had assumed he had gone home.
His body was found by a passer-by. Forensic officers were at the scene combing the area for clues.
Mr Lo Presti worked for an agency called LaPresse and last month another of its photographers, 52-year-old Danilo Cerreti, died in a mystery motorbike smash in Rome.
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