May 28 2019
Categories: Autobiographies of converts(of those converted to Shiaism)
Edoardo Agnelli (9 June 1954 – 15 November 2000) was the eldest child and only son of Marella Agnelli (born Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto) and Gianni Agnelli, the industrialist patriarch of Fiat. He was found dead under mysterious circumstances under a bridge on the outskirts of Turin.
Agnelli was born in New York to Italian parents (his maternal grandmother was American). After studying at Atlantic College, he read modern literature and oriental philosophy at Princeton University.
After leaving Princeton he travelled in India, pursuing his interest in oriental religion and mysticism, and Iran. According to La Repubblica Agnelli’s preoccupations became increasingly erratic, “Mysticism, Franciscanism, Buddhism, lectures against Capital, praise of the poor, criticism of the behaviour of Fiat. He was against materialism which made him move in a different direction, according to The Guardian.
As an adult Agnelli claimed to be the heir apparent to the Fiat empire, but his father, who had already been unhappy with Edoardo’s timidity when he was a child, ensured that he would not inherit it. The only official position which the younger Agnelli held in the family businesses was as a director of Juventus football club, in which he was present at the Heysel disaster.
In 1990 he was accused for heroin possession but the charges were later dropped.
The council of company chose Giovanni Alberto Agnelli as chairman of Fiat in 1995 but two years later he mysteriously died at age of 33. John Elkann, Edoardo’s nephew, at the age of 22 was chosen and has since taken charge of company.
Converting to Islam:
According to Iran, Agnelli converted to Islam in an Islamic center in New York where he was named “Hisham Aziz”. Then he met Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was reported to have converted to Shia Islam. According to Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri Abyaneh, Agnelli declared faith to Fakhroddein Hejazi and became a Shia Muslim and was named “Mahdi”.
In November 2000, 46-year-old Agnelli’s body was found, near Turin, on a river bed beneath a motorway viaduct, on which his car was found too. The viaduct is known as the bridge of suicides. The death was suspected by investigators to have been a suicide. According to Marco Bava, a financial analyst and friend of Edoardo Agnelli, Agnelli would never have committed suicide and he would leave a note to justify his action, if he suicided. Giuseppe Puppo, a journalist, has addressed some obscure points regarding the death of Angelli in his book “Eighty meters of mystery” where he has conducted an investigation into Angelli’s death using interviews and unpublished testimonies. Giuseppe Puppo regards some of the points as inconsistencies and oddities: the absence of the bodyguards of Edoardo Agnelli; the interval of two hours between leaving home and arriving on the Fossano viaduct; the cameras of the Agnelli, whose images have never been seen; the telephone traffic on the two phones; the total absence of witnesses along a road section which recorded at least eight cars per minute passage, at that time and the lack of fingerprints on the car; the hurried burial without autopsy. The fact that an autopsy was never done on his body and the incident was declared “suicide” in great haste also adds fuel to the controversy. Dr. Marco Bava conducted an independent investigation of the entire incident and wrote a letter dated August 2001 to the highest legal authority highlighting numerous flaws of the “suicide” theory. His efforts at presenting the other view of the incident went without fruit, possibly because of the great financial and political influence the Agnelli family has over the Italian establishment. 
A 2001 Iranian documentary film stated that Edoardo murdered by capitalist mercenaries.
Edoardo enshrined at the Museum of Martyrs of Islam at Imam Sadiq University, Iran, which contains a portrait-shrine dedicated to him.