Wow. Very sad. My wife and I met him a few weeks ago. He was very nice to us. Looked a little sad and tired, but seemed healthy. I wonder what he died of.
Here's google's translation of the article DWD linked to:
Farewell to Stefano Bemer, the master cobbler soul of San Frediano. Bemer, 48, passed away Friday evening, leaving his wife and two children. The neighborhood is in mourning for the loss of one of the most representative. A story, that of Bemer, starting a native of Greve in Chianti, where he opened his first shoe repair shop before you arrive in Florence and perfect, coming to realize completely hand-made models, and are favorites among the jet set and many Italian and European noble families. A few years ago, the actor Daniel Day Lewis, on vacation in Tuscany, entered the shop of Bemer, who asked to go to him to learn how to make shoes by hand. The next day, and for eight months, showed up promptly at eight o'clock in the morning.
The master Bemer is gone after a long illness: "He never wanted to surrender and had a great strength of mind - he says his friend Alfredo Cozzi - had his dream, coming to Florence to Greve. Our heart is in pieces. "A life dedicated to San Frediano, where he was also involved in the revival of Rondinella.
"We leave prematurely a man who had been able to learn and embody the true essence of artisan Florence: Greve from his workshop in Oltrarno, with passion, imagination and entrepreneurial spirit, she created a brand known and appreciated around the world, which was a credit to city. To his family and the condolences of the administration of the Florentines. "Mayor Matteo Renzi it reminds Stefano Bemer, master shoemaker who died in Florence, author of a small entrepreneurial miracle that brought him from repairing shoes to dress the feet of the international jet set. "I hope - adds the mayor - that Bemer's shop continues his passionate work and that his example will be followed by the younger generations."