Dario Bellezza, a poet and disciple of director Pier Paolo Pasolini, died of an AIDS-related illness on Sunday, an Italian news agency said. He was 51.
Bellezza died of bronchial pneumonia, the ANSA agency said. He had been hospitalized in Rome, where he lived, since Friday.
Bellezza wrote fiction, plays and, most importantly, poetry, for which he won the Viareggio prize in 1976.