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American tourist may have been trying to take selfie when he fell from Italian statue

INSIDER logoINSIDER 6/20/2019 Ashley Collman
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  • An American tourist, 23, is in life-threatening condition after falling from a statue in Turin, Italy early Wednesday morning.
  • Local reports suggest the young man may have been climbing the statue to take a selfie.
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A young American man is in critical condition after taking a fall from a statue in Turin, Italy early Wednesday morning.

According to La Repubblica, the 23-year-old had spent the evening drinking with friends at a brewery before they made their way to the Piazza Bodoni at the center of the city.

Around 1 a.m., the tourist started climbing a statue showing General Alfonso Ferrero della Marmora, a hero of the Italian wars of independence, on horseback. 

"It is possible that the young man was taking a selfie," Torino Today reported.

La Repubblica reported that the man managed to climb over the horse, but lost his balance and fell - hitting his head.

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he underwent brain surgery in the afternoon for life-threatening injuries, according to Torino Today. He has since been transferred to the intensive care unit. La Repubblica reports that doctors have not given him a prognosis yet, but he is in stable condition.

The young man is the son of a manager at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to La Repubblica.

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