Nadia Toffa

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Nadia Toffa
Born(1979-06-10)June 10, 1979
DiedAugust 13, 2019(2019-08-13) (aged 40)
Brescia, Italy
Alma materUniversity of Florence
Known forLe Iene

Nadia Toffa (June 10, 1979 – August 13, 2019)[1] was an Italian journalist and television presenter for satirical current affairs programme Le Iene who gained attention in 2017 for a series of stories about the environmental impacts of alleged nuclear testing at the Gran Sasso Laboratory.[2]


First experiences[edit]

After graduating in Literature at the University of Florence, Toffa made her first television appearance at the age of 23 on the Emilia-Romagna local channel Telesanterno, while from 2005 to 2009 she worked for Retebrescia, a local channel of her hometown Brescia.

Le Iene[edit]

In 2009, at the age of 30, Toffa became a reporter for the television programme Le Iene, recording numerous reports. Among the most famous are those on alleged scams carried out by pharmacies against the national health service, on the proliferation of slot machine rooms, on illegal waste disposal in Campania at the hands of the Camorra, on the growing rate of tumours in the "triangle of death" between Naples and Caserta and on the "land of poisons" in Crotone.

On 21 November 2017, Toffa presented a report on an allegedly dangerous nuclear experiment kept hidden in the Gran Sasso Laboratory, yet this report was judged unfounded by the academic world.[3]

She was awarded the Ischia International Journalism Award "Special Prize - Television Presenter of the Year" in 2015.[4]

In 2017, hers was the third most searched-for personal name on Google worldwide.[2][5]

Illness and death[edit]

On December 2, 2017, Toffa suffered a collapse during a report in Trieste, and this led to her temporary departure from working life. On February 11, 2018, Toffa revealed that her collapse was caused by a tumour she was fighting against.

On August 13, 2019 at 07:39 at age 40, Toffa died from brain cancer in her hometown Brescia, having been hospitalized from the beginning of July following the worsening of her health.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Addio a Nadia Toffa, aveva 40 anni. Le Iene: 'Hai combattuto a testa alta, col sorriso e con dignità'" (in Italian). Rome: ANSA. August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Ahmed, Tufayel (13 December 2017). "Who is Nadia Toffa, the third most Googled person in the world in 2017?". Newsweek. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Perché non c'è nulla di scientifico nella puntata delle Iene sui laboratori del Gran Sasso" (in Italian). November 30, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Premiati della XXXVI edizione Nadia Toffa" [Winners of the XXXVI edition Nadia Toffa] (in Italian). Premio Ischia Internazionale di Giornalismo. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "Google's Year in Search". Google Trends. Retrieved December 18, 2017.