Fillipo-Corsini

Italian prince Filippo Corsini, 21, killed in cycling accident in London

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Filippo Corsini, heir to a noble Italian family, has been named as the latest cyclist to die in London this year.

The 21-year-old was killed while cycling to class at Regent's University London, where he was studying for a BA in International Business, according to reports.

Filippo was hit by an HGV near Knightsbridge tube station and was pronounced dead at the scene just half an hour later.

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Filippo Corsini studied at Regent's University London

Witnesses said that the incident took place at lunchtime during rush hour just outside luxury department store Harvey Nichols.

A 42-year-old lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He was questioned at a west London police station and has been bailed until December.

Filippo is survived by his parents Duccio and Clotilde and his two younger sisters.

The Corsini family is one of Florence's oldest; their family tree includes Pope Clemente XII and dates back to the Middle Ages.

Filippo's friends returned to the scene of his death on Tuesday to lay flowers for the late student.

"He was a good guy. I sat next to him in class and I'd see him rushing in with his bags every day. He was a very nice guy, very hard working. He was studying global management. Everyone was shocked when we got the message last night," one friend told The Evening Standard.