Maria Loretelli


Age: 73

Italian retired elementary school teacher who was reportedly hospitalized in very serious condition for more than two weeks from severe injuries she suffered in the aftermath of the catastrophic April 6 L'Aquila earthquake that killed more than 300 people and injured at least 1,500 others after she had been pulled out alive from the rubble of her collapsed house by her caregiver before she was taken to a local hospital for treatment while she was ill with pneumonia when a powerful 6.3-magnitude quake struck the mountainous region of Abruzzo in central Italy and destroyed or damaged thousands of buildings in several towns and villages surrounding the medieval city of L'Aquila, Italy near the epicenter of the quake, in which it became the worst deadliest earthquake to hit Italy in three decades since the 1980 Irpinia earthquake when 2,735 people died in one of the 6.9-magnitude quakes that struck southern Italy and caused widespread damage in nearby Naples.

Cause of Death: Injuries sustained in an earthquake

Born: April 25, 1935

Died: April 18, 2009

L'Aquila, Italy