Gianni Versace was an Italian
fashion designer and founder of Gianni Versace S.p.A.,
an international fashion house, which produces accessories,
fragrances, makeup and home furnishings as well as clothes.
He also designed costumes for the theatre and films, and was
a friend of Madonna, Elton John, Cher, Sting, and Diana,
Princess of Wales among many others. Openly gay, Versace and
his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the
international party scene. Versace was murdered outside his
Miami Beach home, the former Casa Casuarina now known as
"The Villa By Barton G.", at the age of 50 by spree killer
Versace was shot dead on July 15, 1997, aged 50, on the
steps of his Miami Beach mansion as he returned from a
morning walk on Ocean Drive.
In September 1997, it was
announced Versace's brother, Santo, and Jorge Saud would
serve as the new CEOs of Gianni Versace S.P.A. Versace's
Donatella, became the new head of design.
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