Hector Rolotti Dead: Body of Novecento Founder Found in India

March 23, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Hector Rolotti, founder of the famed Novecento restaurant in Miami, was found dead in India over the weekend.

The Novecento Group said in a statement that the body, “found intact due to the low temperatures of the Ganges River this time of year,” was discovered by a group of locals.

Search teams had been scouring the area for Rolotti after he jumped into the river on Monday to help save a member of the group that he was with from drowning.
 
Rolotti’s wife Mora was with him and the group, who were visiting the country on an annual yoga retreat.
 
Rolotti and five others leapt into the water to save someone who was flailing in the river.
 
Everyone emerged safely except for Rolotti, reported the Miami Herald.
 
Rolotti’s remains will be cremated in India and then his ashes will be brought to Miami.
 
The statement released after the death continued:

“Novecento deeply appreciates the many expressions of solidarity, concern and affection received since the event occured. We ask everyone to pray for him and his family during this difficult time.

“Hector was endeared by many in Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Miami and New York — all the places where he lived and opened a Novecento Restaurant,” the statement said. “He was a tireless entrepreneur and family man, always concerned about his children, wife and parents. Hector’s great achievement with Novecento was much more than a restaurant chain, it is a meeting point for friends and communities. Hector’s example as a person, husband, father and friend — as well as his eternal smile — will live on forever.”

 
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