“The doctors have unfortunately told us that Michele’s condition is getting worse by the hour.” This was announced, through their consultants, by the family of Michele Merlo, 28, a former competitor of X Factor and Amici, hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna after being hit, in the night between Thursday and Friday, from a brain hemorrhage triggered by fulminant leukemia. The young man underwent emergency surgery, but his condition immediately appeared serious.
“Michele – explains the family in a note – had been feeling ill for days and on Wednesday he went to the emergency room of another hospital in the Bologna area which, probably, mistaking the symptoms described for a different, banal viral form, had sent him back to home. Even during the intervention requested in the emergency room, on Thursday evening, it seems that the gravity of the situation was not immediately clear at the time.
The singer’s family members, however, are keen to “categorically deny what some uninformed people write on social media: Michele has in no way been vaccinated against Covid. Michele was struck by a severe form of fulminant leukemia with subsequent cerebral haemorrhage ».
The pain of the fans has invaded the social networks and many colleagues, from Emma Marrone to Francesco Facchinetti to Ermal Meta, from Federico Rossi (of the duo Benji & Fede) and Aka7even, competitor of the latest edition of Amici, have posted messages of affection and encouragement for Michele. “Come on Mike, we’re with you!”, Reads Amici’s Twitter profile.