ELKANN HOSPITALIZED: On the heels of Kate Moss‘ cocaine scandal and Boy George‘s arrest on alleged drug possession charges, Lapo Elkann, grandson of the late Gianni Agnelli, has been hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose. Fiat issued a statement saying simply the cause was “respiratory problems of pharmacological origin.” According to the statement, Elkann’s condition is “medically stable.” Italian news agency ANSA said he was taken ill in an apartment in Turin, where Fiat is based.
Elkann is in charge of Fiat’s brand promotion and has been working on rejuvenating its image. Among his initiatives have been Fiat sneakers, handbags and sweatshirts, a Fiat brand wine, a Fiat cafe and Fiat Playa, a restaurant and entertainment resort in Sardinia.
The handsome and stylish Elkann, who is single, regularly appears in Italy’s society and fashion pages. He is the younger brother of John “Jaki” Elkann, who is being groomed to take over Fiat and is married to aristocrat Lavinia Borromeo.