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Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73

Laura Biagiotti, an Italian fashion designer who conquered global markets with her soft, loose women's clothes and luxurious knits that won her the nickname "Queen of Cashmere," died on Friday following a heart attack. She was 73.

Biagiotti suffered the heart attack Wednesday evening at her estate outside of Rome.

Doctors were able to resuscitate her but by then serious brain damage had occurred.

Her daughter, Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna, announced her mother's death on Twitter, conveying the news with a Biblical passage:

"In the house of my father there are many places. If not, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you."

Biagiotti began designing women's clothes in the 1960s and by the 1980s was making her mark. wistv.com