The national treasure from canton Ticino died unexpectedly on July 19, 2016. Just two days before, the 80-year-old had performed on Monte Verità near Locarno.
Born in Ascona in 1935, Dimitri already knew he wanted to be a clown at age seven. After an apprenticeship as a potter, he studied acrobatics, ballet, music, acting and pantomime. He won many awards for his artistry.