This Notorious Lion Killer/Trophy Hunter got the attention of the internet last year following the release of photos of him posing with his kills.
An Italian veterinarian who found fame last year due to his photos of posing with a dead lion recently slipped on ice and fell 100 feet down to his death while he was on a hunt.
Luciano Ponzetto, 55, was hunting birds within the hills near Turin before he slipped and fell right into a ravine, resulting in his death on the spot.
“We got called by the mountain rescue services who had been alerted to the incident by someone who was out with him,” an Italian police spokesperson told while confirming his death.
“His body was recovered by helicopter and taken to a local hospital” the policeman added, “It looks like he slipped and fell when he was out hunting. He died on the spot and there was nothing that could be done.”
This trophy hunter drew a lot of attention of the internet back in November 2015 after a series of photos showing him posing with his trophy hunting appeared online. Internet users flooded Ponzetto with death threats and hate mails.
In turn, this prompted Ponzetto to threaten drastic legal action towards those who were sending him death threats. Until his death, Ponzetto repeatedly defended his hobby, stating that veterinary work was “not incompatible with hunting, either morally or professionally.”
The worldwide fury was too much however, and despite his insistence that he had done nothing wrong, the controversy forced Ponzetto to resign from his job as a medical director of a kennel business.
Nevertheless, before his death, Ponzetto maintained that “I know that I have done nothing wrong. I am being criticized by people who do not know me, I have always loved my work and I have always loved animals.”