«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 remained until the last day you spent in the house ». Thus begins the post with which Maria De Filippi and the editorial staff of ‘Amici’ remember Michele Merlo, aka Mike Bird, competitor of the talent in 2017 who died last night at the age of 28 due to of a cerebral hemorrhage triggered by a fulminant leukemia. The post is accompanied by a montage of some pictures of Mike in the ‘Amici’ school and ends with a hug between Maria and the boy.
«Yours – continue the presenter and the editor of the program – was a special melancholy, which fought every second with that smile that said the exact opposite. 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 – underlines De Filippi with her staff – and we all understood it. 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 », concludes the post.
Michele Merlo died, from Emma to Ermal Meta the emotional farewell: “Have a good trip Michi”