Mario Papola


Age: 84

Italian retiree and the last direct witness to the June 1944 Onna massacre of 17 villagers by the German Nazis during their escape from Italy who was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition for more than two weeks from severe injuries he 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 including his elderly wife Raffaellina Marinacci after he had been pulled out alive from the rubble of his collapsed home by a neighbor before he was admitted to a hospital in Avezzano while receiving treatment at a nursing facility 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: August 25, 1925

Died: April 24, 2009

Avezzano, Italy