Was Pantani murdered? Italian prosecutor reopens case

Public prosecutor of Rimini reopens case according to news reports in Italy - Family lawyer presents new evidence to the prosecutor - Pantani let known men in to his room, before being beaten and drugged

Marco Pantani, Giro d'Italia 1999

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

1998 Tour de France winner Marco Pantani was beaten, forced to drink cocaine and murdered, according to his family's lawyer. The public prosecutor of Rimini, after receiving the family's request and supporting documents, re-opened the case according to news reports today in Italy.

Pantani was found dead on February 14, 2004, in Rimini's Le Rose hotel on Italy's eastern shores. A previous case closed and showed that Pantani died of a cocaine overdose.

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