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(Bloomberg) -- Gianluca Spina, dean of MIP Milan Business Polytechnic Business School, has died. He was 51.

Spina was among a group of skiers caught in an avalanche near the Grand Saint-Bernard peak in Switzerland on Saturday, according to Italy’s Ansa newswire.

“We are deeply saddened to report that yesterday the mountain, which he loved so much, has taken away the life of our president,” the business school said in a statement on its website.

Spina “leaves a great void, which will be difficult to fill, both at MIP -- which he steered with intelligence, passion and dedication -- and within the scientific and research community that our school carries out every day,” the school’s statement said.

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