Italian hair stylist Aldo Coppola dies at 73

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Aldo Coppola, the internationally renowned Italian hair stylist, has died at the age of 73.

Coppola passed away late Wednesday evening in his home in Milan after losing a long battle against prostate cancer, his family said in a statement.

The hair stylist was diagnosed with the disease back in 1998 and was often ill, but he would tell his famous clients and numerous fans that the tumor and the energy needed to fight his illness helped him - he was quoted to say: "Since I’ve been sick my creativity has returned" - as he continued to build his hair salon empire and to leave his creative mark in this world.

In the high fashion world he was a creative artist and considered a hair guru with his inimitable natural and sophisticated hair styles, his groundbreaking techniques and innovative hair treatments.

Founder and creative director of the of the world famous brand that carries his name, Coppola was also a long-time consultant for L'Oreal, and was linked to the haute couture fashion labels like Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferre and Moschino, and a worked on several international advertising campaigns.

He ran three famous salons in Milan (he opened his first salon when he was just 25 in Via Manzoni in what is known as the 'Quadrilatero' – the Italian fashion district) and then went on to create a large franchising network in the 1990s around the world, setting up hair academies to teach talented hairdressers his sublime hair art.

A great believer in natural hair care products, he created his own products because he couldn’t tolerate that hair be should attacked by chemical products.

Coppola created many celebrities' hair styles like Sophia Loren, Naomi Campbell, Donna Jordan, Monica Bellucci, Linda Evangelista, just to name a few.

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