Bartolomeo Pepe

Bartolomeo Pepe (3 November 1962 – 23 December 2021) was an Italian politician.

Bartolomeo Pepe
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Pepe in 2013
Member of the Senate of the Republic of Italy
In office
15 March 2013 – 22 March 2018
Personal details
Born(1962-11-03)3 November 1962
Naples, Italy
Died23 December 2021(2021-12-23) (aged 59)
Naples, Italy
Political partyM5S (2013–2014)
FdV (2015)
Independent (2018–2021)


A member of the Five Star Movement and then the Federation of the Greens, he served in the Senate of the Republic from 2013 to 2018.[1]

An avowed anti-vaxxer, Pepe vocally opposed the mandatory vaccination of schoolchildren in Italy, supported the idea of a link between vaccines and autism, and spread a number of conspiracy theories, such as the ones regarding chemtrails. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he called the media coverage and containment measures "ridiculous hysteria" and opposed the subsequent vaccination campaign. He died from COVID-19 on 23 December 2021, at the age of 59.[2]


  1. ^ "Bartolomeo PEPE". Senato della Repubblica (in Italian).
  2. ^ Sannino, Conchita (23 December 2021). "Covid, è morto l'ex senatore M5S Bartolomeo Pepe. Era un convinto No Vax". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 24 December 2021.