2:21 PM PDT 8/20/2020
The Argentine-born Italian journalist has served five terms as head of the organization behind the Golden Globes.
According to family member Lorenzo Soria, who served five terms as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, he died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68 years old.
Soria is battling lung cancer.
The good-natured Soria headed HFPA ̵
Born in Buenos Aires in 1951, Soria was 11 when his family moved to Milan after the death of his father. Edits and writes for Italian publications The espresso (started in 1977) and The seal and has lived in Los Angeles since 1982. He was a Fulbright scholar.
Soria “covered politics, technology, society and other topics,” the HFPA said in a statement, “but what he loved most were his interviews with Hollywood talent and taking into account trends and changes in the film and television industry.”
On Instagram, Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice International Film Festival, called Soria “a handsome man, kind, helpful, generous. Rare qualities, not very common, especially in the environment he belongs to. That’s why he won everyone’s respect and love.”
Survivors include his wife, Lila; son Max; sister Donatella; and mother Diana.
“He was deeply committed to the power of the film industry to heal the world and shine a spotlight on injustice,” his family said. Details of the memorial “will follow in the coming days.”