Tourist killed at Florence church after stone fragment plummeted 65ft

A tourist was killed when a stone fragment fell on him in one of Florence’s main churches.

The six-inch stone, which apparently supported a column, reportedly fell 65ft (20m), killing the Spanish tourist.

The incident happened in the Santa Croce basilica, where artist Michelangelo, astronomer Galileo and philosopher Machiavelli are buried, which police have closed to tourists until further notice.

Tourist attraction – the Santa Croce Basilica is one of Florence’s top attractions (Pictures: AP)

The victim was reportedly 52 and lived in Barcelona.

A church representative reportedly said she was “stunned” and “distraught”, and offered condolences to the victim’s family.

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Irene Sanesi, president of the Opera di Santa Croce which runs the church, told Reuters that maintenance of the church had been “carried out constantly” in recent years.