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20 Years After the Killing of Gianni Versace, New Miniseries Puts Murder Back in the Spotlight

Playing 20 Years After the Killing of Gianni Versace, New Miniseries Puts Murder Back in the Spotlight

July 15 marks the 20th anniversary of fashion designer Gianni Versace’s assassination outside his Miami mansion, a murder that left the fashion world shaken.

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The murder is the subject of the upcoming FX miniseries, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which stars Penelope Cruz as his sister, Donatella, and Edgar Ramirez as the late designer.

The series also stars singer Ricky Martin and Glee's Darren Criss, and is set to air next year.

The filming of the show, produced by Ryan Murphy, took place at Versace's actual mansion.

Versace’s killer was Andrew Cunanan, a 27-year-old college dropout and petty hustler. His trail of death in 1997 stretched from Minnesota to Illinois to New Jersey.

The Italian designer was Cunanan’s next target. He was gunned down as he returned to his waterfront estate in South Beach following a morning cup of coffee.

Cunanan was found days later, hiding in a fancy Miami houseboat. He killed himself as police stormed in.

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A memorial service for Versace was attended by Princess Diana and a weeping Elton John.

ABC’s John Quinones features the crime in a one-hour special "Dying to Be Famous: The Versace Murders" airing Friday on 20/20.

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