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    Default Paparazzo Daniele Lo Presti found shot to death with single bullet to head







    Paparazzo 'who found fame when he snapped Brad Pitt with another woman' is found dead with a single execution-style bullet wound to his head in Rome

    • Daniele Lo Presti discovered lying face down in pool of blood on the street
    • Police suggest possible link with his controversial line of work


    By Hugo Gye
    PUBLISHED: 11:46 EST, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:35 EST, 1 March 2013
    A leading paparazzo who has photographed many of the world's biggest celebrities has been shot dead in Rome.

    Daniele Lo Presti was found with a single bullet in his head, prompting fears he had fallen victim to a Mafia-style execution.

    The 42-year-old photographer was discovered lying face down in a pool of blood in the Testaccio district in the southwest of Rome on a cycling track where he regularly went jogging.
    His body was apparently found by friends with whom he had previously arranged to go running.

    Killed: Daniele Lo Presti was found dead in Rome, Italy, on Thursday with a gunshot to the head


    Killed: Paparazzo Daniele Lo Presti was found with a bullet in his head in a busy street in Rome

    Stars who have been photographed by Lo Presti include Rihanna, Beyoncé and Scarlett Johansson.
    He also snapped designers Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana on their yacht.
    But perhaps his biggest hit came when he snapped pictures in Malta of Brad Pitt with a female assistant, which were said to have angered the actor's fiancée Angelina Jolie.

    An officer attached to the investigation said: 'He was killed with a single shot from a small calibre weapon.

    'It could be he fell foul of a Mafia crime family or someone else who really didn't want their picture taken.'

    At work: Daniele Lo Presti travelled the world taking photots and was best known for his shots of Brad Pitt with another woman





    Targets: Stars who were photographed by Lo Presti included Brad Pitt and Beyoncé

    A police spokesman added: 'Lo Presti was a well-known paparazzo photographer and his scoops embarrassed many people.

    'We are not ruling out a connection between his work and his death, and we are looking through all his most recent assignments as well as phone and computer records.'
    There is no suggestion that any of his celebrity subjects is in any way linked to his death.
    Five years ago, Lo Presti was apparently attacked by arsonists who burned his car and threatened his family.

    And just last month a colleague of his at photo agency LaPresse, Danilo Ceretti, died in a mysterious motorcycle crash.
    PAPARAZZI ON THE PROWL: HOW THE PROFESSION WAS NAMED AFTER PHOTOGRAPHER IN CLASSIC 1960 FILM LA DOLCE VITA


    The word 'paparazzi' originates from the 1960 film La Dolce Vita, directed by Federico Fellini.
    The film, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, is set in Rome during a period when obsession with celebrity was at a new all-time high in Italy.
    All the famous actresses of the day, from Brigitte Bardot to Joan Crawford, would be spotted out and about in the city and pictured by a waiting mass of photographers.

    La Dolce Vita follows a struggling journalist's week in the glamorous Roman city and features a news photographer named Paparazzo, played by Walter Santesso.

    It is this character that helped coin the term 'paparazzi' for freelance photographers.

    Director Fellini is believed to have come up with the name for the character from an Italian dialect word 'papataceo' that describes the buzzing of a mosquito.

    In an interview with Time magazine, Fellini said: 'Paparazzo… suggests to me a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging.'

    But other accounts claim Fellini took the name from a character in the 1901 novel, By The Ionian Sea.
    The film La Dolce Vita - which translates as 'the sweet life' - also left another legacy, making the phrase synonymous around the world for 'living the good life' or 'high life'.



    A character in the hit film La Dolce Vita - a photographer called Paparazzo who was played by Walter Santesso - is responsible for helping to coin the term paparazzi

    This phrase would have been commonplace in Italian-speaking countries prior to 1960 but only became part of the English language after the release of the popular film.
    The film received 20 minutes of applause when a rough edit was shown and won the Palme d'Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.

    But La Dolce Vita is still mostly remembered for creating Paparazzo, which by the late 1960s had entered English as a generic term for intrusive photographers.
    The Oxford dictionary describes a paparazzo as: 'A freelance photographer who pursues celebrities to get photographs of them'.
    And a person who has been photographed by the Paparazzi is said to have been 'Papped'.

    When La Dolce Vita was made, photographers were paid around $500 per photo. Today, the figure for an exclusive picture of a high-profile celebrity can be limitless.




    Find this story at Paparazzo Daniele Lo Presti 'who found fame when he snapped Brad Pitt with another woman' is found dead | Mail Online




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    How come I never heard of pics of Brad and the other woman? I want to see them.

    Poor paparazzo, but it is a tricky field you're in...
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    ^^ I don't remember them either. We would have surely had them here. Sounds like a mafia hit.

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    Eh, weren't those just the pictures of Brad walking along with his assistant on set? Nothing scandalous if they're the ones I remember.

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    I didn't really like how the article was somehow trying to link this, even remotely, to Brad Pitt and those pictures. They weren't scandalous and as much as I dislike Brad, I'm sure he had nothing to do with this, but it's the Daily Fail and all.....I'm sure this guy was well known for other pictures.
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    Omgz Brad walking with a pretty lady! They must be having an affair! *yawn*



    The Daily Mail are such trolls.
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    Meh. It was Beyonce. He took an unflattering pic of her and had to pay for it.
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    alec baldwin did it.
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