After complications following shoulder surgery, former Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne passed away, the company confirmed on Wednesday. He was 66 years old.
Almost immediately, tributes and condolences for Marchionne and his family poured in. General Motors CEO Mary Barra offered her company’s condolences in a statement.
We at General Motors offer our condolences to Sergio Marchionne’s family and friends. Sergio created a remarkable legacy in the automotive industry. Our thoughts are also with our industry colleagues at Fiat Chrysler as they deal with this sudden loss.
Marchionne famously emailed Barra over the possibility of a merger between both automakers, though Barra never responded to his offer. The late executive also spoke of a hostile takeover of GM at one point, too, in 2015.
It’s understood Marchionne suffered a cerebral embolism while undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, which caused a stroke and irreversible brain damage. According to Fiat-Chrysler Authority, the former CEO had been on life support with zero chance for a recovery. Last Saturday, FCA acknowledged Marchionne’s failing condition and named Mike Manley its new CEO, who previously steered the Jeep and Ram brands.
For more on Marchionne’s legacy at Fiat, Chrysler and Ferrari, head to Fiat-Chrysler Authority.