Toto Cutugno brought joy to people worldwide during the height of his career. Regrettably, he is no longer with us following the recent announcement of his unfortunate demise. In light of this, this article aims to share details about the cause of his passing and present an obituary to a vast global audience.
Toto Cutugno, the well-known vocalist, gained fame for his song L’Italiano, which, while filled with clichés, managed to captivate countless listeners throughout Europe and Russia. He passed away at the age of 80 while being treated at Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, leaving a significant impact on the realm of Italian culture.
Toto Cutugno’s biography and career
Salvatore Cutugno, originally named, was born to Sicilian parents in Tuscany. He actively participated in the renowned Sanremo music festival for an entire decade, an Italian tradition that later inspired the Eurovision Song Contest.
Even though he achieved victory in 1980 with his song “Solo Noi,” he secured the second position on six separate occasions. This earned him the title of the perennial runner-up of Sanremo. His song from 1979, titled “Voglio l’anima,” was reimagined by the French vocalist Dalida as “Monday Tuesday … Laissez moi danser,” turning it into a massive disco-era hit in France. In 1990, Cutugno emerged victorious in the Eurovision contest. Two years later, he serenaded the foundation of the European Union with his anthem “Insieme: 1992,” chanting, “Together, unite, unite, Europe.”
Undoubtedly, his most remarkable accomplishment transpired in 1983 when he unveiled “L’Italiano.” This composition was famously dubbed the “Christian Democrats of Canzone” by the esteemed publication Corriere Della Sera. Despite its admission, or lack thereof, by many, the song managed to sell millions of records.
Originally meant for the charismatic Adriano Celentano, who politely declined, the song, recognized by its chorus “Lasciatemi Cantare,” delved into various Italian cultural clichés. It proudly proclaimed, “Let me sing, I’m an Italian,” referencing elements like perfectly cooked spaghetti, mint-flavored shaving cream, rich caffè ristretto, and even a “broken-down Fiat 600.” While it didn’t resonate extensively in English-speaking regions, the song dominated the charts in Italy, France, Switzerland, and Portugal.
During the same year, a cover version titled “I am a Finn” enjoyed substantial popularity in Finland. It also gained traction in Ukraine, Albania, Poland, Georgia, and Russia. In 2013, as he received a prestigious lifetime achievement award at San Remo, he graced the stage alongside the Red Army choir to perform “L’Italiano.” In 2019, Ukrainian lawmakers attempted to prevent Cutugno from performing in Kyiv, citing alleged pro-Russian leanings. In response, he clarified that he had no personal ties with the Russian president, recalling a singular encounter where they exchanged a handshake after a concert.
Toto Cutugno age
Toto Cutugno had reached the age of 80 when he passed away. The talented musician and songwriter, who had just enjoyed his 80th birthday in the month of July, peacefully left us around 4 p.m. while under the care of medical professionals at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.
Toto Cutugno’s death cause
The exact cause of Toto Cutugno’s passing remains undisclosed at this time. However, it is widely believed that his declining health over the past period ultimately led to his demise. As per Danilo Mancuso, his manager, the singer had been experiencing a gradual deterioration in his health for several months, following an extended period of illness. A tribute to him has been circulated on the internet as his loved ones and friends come together to mourn his loss.
One individual, expressing their condolences on Facebook, shared, “Rest in peace ❤️🙏🌹🇮🇹 Cutugno passed away in Milan after a prolonged period of illness. Toto Cutugno, the Italian pop singer-songwriter renowned for his 1983 global hit L’Italiano, left us on Tuesday at the age of 80, while under the care of Milan’s San Raffaele hospital. His manager, Danilo Mancuso, conveyed the news of Cutugno’s passing, citing that it followed a prolonged illness, during which his health had progressively weakened in recent months. Cutugno’s achievements included winning Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival in 1980 with his song Solo Noi, and a decade later, securing victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with Insieme: 1992.”_