Edoardo Agnelli, 46, the son of the head of Fiat S.p.A., was found dead November 15 under a highway bridge near Fossano, 80 kilometers south of Turin.
Investigators suspect suicide. A highway patrol officer found his body alongside a stream under a highway bridge. His car, a gray Croma with the motor still running, was parked on the bridge.
Edoardo Agnelli, a dreamer more interested in mysticism than making cars, never played any role within the Fiat Group. The Agnellis had chosen his younger cousin, Giovanni Alberto, as the dynasty's heir apparent. But he died of cancer three years ago at age 33. Edoardo, who was named after a grandfather killed in a 1935 airplane crash, was born in New York. He was raised among the elite in Turin and studied religion at Princeton University. He spent some time in India, pursuing his interest in religious mysticism. He never married, and lived near his parents in Villar Perosa, on the hills outside Turin.