Report: Swiss Hospital says Sergio Marchionne was Seriously Ill for a Year

The automotive industry was shocked when news erupted about Sergio Marchionne's death. The said news broke out only four days after he resigned as Fiat Chrysler's (FCA) CEO due to complications from a surgical procedure.

Details regarding Marchionne's sudden death was scarce, but the University Hospital Zurich (USZ) reportedly said that the ex-FCA CEO was seriously ill for more than a year. According to Reuters, Marchionne had been having treatment because of a serious illness at the University Hospital Zurich for more than a year before his demise. But, due to medical privacy, FCA said that they were not aware about Marchionne's medical condition at all.

"Mr. Sergio Marchionne was a patient at USZ. Due to serious illness, he had been the recipient of recurring treatment for more than a year," USZ said. USZ did not disclose as to what was the "serious illness" that Marchionne had been batlling for more than a year.

Last May 2018, Marchionne was still busy working for FCA as he met with United States President Donald Trump in the White House regarding the country's automotive industry. Various reports also surfaced that Marchionne was last seen in public in Rome on June 26. Marchionne, the man who saved Chrysler from bankruptcy before it was absorbed by Fiat and turned into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, was 66 years old.