Silvio Berlusconi, the charismatic billionaire and former Prime Minister of Italy, known for his flamboyant personality and self-proclaimed title as the “Jesus Christ of politics,” has passed away at the age of 86.

The news of Berlusconi’s death emerged from Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital in Italy, where he was receiving treatment. His admission to the hospital came only a short time after a 45-day stay due to a lung infection.

Berlusconi’s demise marks the end of an era, as he leaves behind a complex legacy that greatly influenced Italian politics.