Bologna, 7 June 2021 – “Have a good trip“. Thus ends the message of condolence that Maria De Filippi and the editorial staff of the talent Amici they wanted to entrust to social networks to remember Michele Merlo, the young singer who died last night at the Maggiore hospital in Bologna following a fulminant leukemia.
“Deep, melancholy in the eyes and sunny in the smile. So you appeared to us from the first moment we saw you and so you stayed until the last day you spent in the house “, says De Filippi speaking of the 28-year-old singer who with the stage name Mike Bird, had been semifinalist of the 2017 edition of Amici.
“Yours was a special melancholy, which fought every second with that smile that said the exact opposite – the message continues -. Sometimes one thing prevailed, sometimes the opposite. You were both. And when you sang, when you were in the center of the stage doing what you liked best in the world, your way of being took over and made you show the world without filters, without fears. You were Mike Bird and you were singing. You were in your natural element, the escape valve for your deep thoughts that exploded in your chest and that you had a great desire to share with the world “.
“You were a special guy and we all understood that – continues the memory of De Filippi -. You had a unique intensity, an excessively strong ability to look inside yourself that at times made you struggle around moods and sensations. Baudelaire used to say that “everyone’s sensitivity is their genius”, yours was great, Mike. And it is that sensitivity, that depth of soul and thought, that ability to dig into the abysses of the human soul that we will carry inside us forever. Have a good trip ”.
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