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Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne is on life support, and doctors have no hope of recovery, according to a report from an Italian website Tuesday.

UpdateSergio Marchionne, former Fiat Chrysler CEO, has died 

Citing anonymous sources, Lettera43 said the 66-year-old was diagnosed long ago with invasive shoulder sarcoma, a type of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, that develops in the bones and connective tissues. During surgery on his shoulder, according to the report, the former CEO had a stroke and was put into a coma with irreversible brain damage.

A spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler declined to comment on the report.

The company said earlier that the former CEO underwent surgery on his right shoulder three weeks ago. Due to an unspecified health crisis, Fiat Chrysler's board of directors met Saturday in an emergency session in Italy to name former Jeep brand chief Mike Manley as the new CEO. The company said Marchionne would not be returning to work.

According to Lettera43, Marchionne expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the high-risk operation. Sources told the business website that the former CEO had a cerebral embolism, which the American Heart Association defines as a stroke that occurs when an artery is blocked.

For some time, according to the report, Marchionne had taken cortisone to soothe severe shoulder pain that made it difficult for him to move his arms. Additionally, it reported he had a chronic thyroid problem.

Lettera43 raised questions about whether FCA Chairman John Elkann knew the severity of Marchionne's sickness. A somber statement from Saturday seems to corroborate that report in which Elkann said he was "profoundly saddened to learn of Sergio’s state of health. It is a situation that was unthinkable until a few hours ago, and one that leaves us all with a real sense of injustice."

bnoble@detroitnews.com

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