Beloved Melbourne Restaurateur Sisto Malaspina To Get State Funeral

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12 November 2018

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Sisto Malaspina, a beloved Melbourne icon who was murdered on Bourke St on Friday, will receive a state funeral. 

This afternoon Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed his family has accepted his offer of a state funeral on Monday afternoon.

"Sisto Malaspina was a Victorian icon, known and loved by us all. I spoke to his family again this morning, and they have accepted my offer of a State Funeral next week, with more details to come. Until then, our love and thoughts remain with Sisto's family."

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 Mr Malaspina, 74, was the co-owner of iconic Melbourne restaurant, Pellegrini's, where he had been a fixture for over forty years. 

Hundreds of people have visited the CBD to pay their respects to the man who was known for his kindness and generosity. 

The Somalia-born Shire Ali stabbed three men on Friday afternoon, with Mr Malaspina dying at the scene and two others now recovering in hospital. 

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