Gigi Meroni was an Italian football player in the Torino team. He died at the age of 24 in a car crash in Corso Re Umberto, on the corner with Via Legnano. He was a "butterfly" on the field, at the stadium in Piazza d'Armi, a first-rate dribbler and expert at nutmegging his opponents. He was also a painter. He had a studio in Piazza Vittorio. He played as if he was drawing straight lines and curls, splashes of red and black on the green grass. He was killed by a car driven by one of his greatest fans, a twist of fate all the more unexpected and brutal.