The story of Berardelli was widely shared on social media, with many hailing him as a martyr and hero.
He's now one of the more than 6,000 Italians who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Berardelli had been given a respirator - which are in desperately short supply - by parishioners concerned about his heath but chose to give it to a younger patient who he didn't know but was struggling to breathe because of the virus.More news: PFA calls for 'urgent meeting' with Premier League and EFL
While it seems he didn't know whom it would go to, he gave it up in hopes of saving someone else's life. "The gesture, which we don't know for sure if he did, is a reflection of his life".
"He was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities".
The Hospital of Lovere, where Berardelli died, told RNS that it didn't have the authority to reveal personal information about its patients.
Regardless of whether Berardelli donated his respirator or not, Berardelli is now among the over 30 priests who have died in Italy as a result of the coronavirus.
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'We pray to God also for our priests, so they have courage to go out to the sick, bringing the strength of the Word of God and the Eucharist, ' he said.
'It is painful to see the priests fall sick, ' Enrico Salmi, the bishop of Parma, said.
"Don Giuseppe Berardelli, patron of those who suffer from coronavirus and all who care for them, pray for us!"
Priests in Italy are giving up their chances of survival to save those who have been infected by the coronavirus.
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