Despite their fatalistic streak, many Italians are also hypochondriacs and the death of someone so young and fit will have disturbed a great many. The tragic news will probably not prove sufficiently unsettling to stop people from eating Nutella for breakfast, even if Mr Ferrero’s untimely demise naturally begs the question of whether he ate too much of it. The sticky spread is the nutritional equivalent of Agent Orange, being packed with saturated fat, sugar and not much else.

Michael Day