Fabio Lanzoni Reflects on Near-Fatal Goose Encounter on Rollercoaster After 25 Years

Model Fabio Lanzoni shares transformative personal journey insights.

by Nouman Rasool
Fabio Lanzoni Reflects on Near-Fatal Goose Encounter on Rollercoaster After 25 Years
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Reflecting on a pivotal moment that reshaped his outlook on life, Fabio Lanzoni, the iconic face that graced over a thousand romance novel covers, sat down with PEOPLE to demystify an event that has been a topic of intrigue for decades.

On the 25th anniversary of an incident that could have ended tragically, Fabio clarifies a long-standing misconception. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't a goose that caused his injury during a rollercoaster ride back in 1999, but a piece of metal.

This revelation not only challenges the narrative that has followed him but also highlights the resilience and positive spirit that have characterized his life thereafter. On March 31, 1999, while attending a promotional event at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the debut of Apollo's Chariot, Fabio endured an incident that would become one of the early instances of viral news.

Seated at the forefront of the ride alongside women donned in Greek goddess attire, the ride's return was met with an unexpected and gruesome sight—Fabio, bloodied and seemingly injured by a goose. Yet, the truth, as Fabio reveals, is far more complex.

He insists a flying piece of the camera equipment, shattered by a goose, was the actual culprit behind his facial injury.

Fabio's Life Philosophy

This event, while shrouded in controversy and speculation, served as a catalyst for Fabio's philosophy on life.

Emerging relatively unscathed from what could have been a fatal accident, he adopted a mantra of living life to its fullest. His reflection on the ordeal isn't tinged with bitterness but with a profound appreciation for the fragility of life.

Fabio's career, spanning from heartthrob model to a multifaceted entrepreneur with ventures in fitness, fashion, and even culinary products, has made him a household name. Despite his varied achievements and the passage of time, the rollercoaster incident remains a significant, albeit misunderstood, part of his legacy.

As he shares insights into the aftermath of the incident, including the legal propositions he declined and the unresolved mystery of the missing video footage, Fabio's narrative extends beyond the event itself. It underscores his commitment to integrity, the pursuit of adventure, and an enduring zest for life.

Now at 65, Fabio looks back not with regret but with gratitude. His semi-retirement doesn't signify a step back from life's adventures but a transition into exploring new horizons. His current passions include an expansive collection of sports cars and a vision to rejuvenate the concept of showcasing the world's luxuries through television, inspired by the likes of "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous."