Italian singer Gabriella Ferri has died after falling from the third-floor balcony of her home near Rome. She was 62.

Family members have denied reports the singer - who was particularly popular in her native country and in Latin America - had committed suicide in the fall.

The Italian media initially reported Ferri had probably fallen ill, possibly because of anti-depression medication she was taking, and tumbled over the balcony of the apartment in Corchiano.

05/04/2004 02:24