Monte Paschi's spokesman found dead: judicial source

The spokesman of Monte Paschi di Siena, the Italian bank at the center of an investigation into alleged corruption and fraud, was found dead at the bank's Siena headquarters, a judicial source told Reuters on Wednesday.

David Rossi was the head of the bank's communications unit.

A witness told Reuters his body, which had been covered with a sheet, lay beneath an open window overlooking a courtyard outside the building, a restored 14th century fortress.

Rossi, who was not under investigation himself, was among several people whose homes and offices were searched last month as part of a probe into the lender's purchase of Antonveneta in 2007 and subsequent losses linked to complex derivatives deals.

(Reporting by Silvia Ognibene; Editing by Alex Smith and Toni Reinhold)