Wicky Hassan, Miss Sixty founder, dies


(JTA) — Wicky Hassan, a Libyan-born Italian Jew who founded the popular Miss Sixty fashion brand, has died in Rome.

Hassan died Friday after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 56.

Born in Tripoli, Hassan arrived in Rome with his family in the late 1960s when thousands of Libyan Jews were forced out of their country in the wake of the Six Day War. In addition to Miss Sixty, he also founded brands such as Energie and Killah.

Taking a cue from Apple, following the death of Steven Jobs, the Miss Sixty web site filled its home page with a portrait of Hassan and his birth and death dates.

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