Update: Michael Shelton has died from complications.

His family posted the following update:

It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts, we need to announce the passing of Michael Vito Shelton yesterday, June 10, 2023. He was doing great and progressing well, but he developed an embolism. The doctors worked on Michael for several hours, but were unable to revive him.

This has truly come as a shock to us all, as we received better and better news everyday. We hold onto all the great memories we have of Michael for how kind he was, how fun he was, how much love he showed everyone who came in his path. There are not enough positive adjectives to sufficiently describe who
Michael was as a person.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and all the prayers and well wishes that gave Michael the strength to fight to this point. We will never be able to replace a person like Michael. We love him, we miss him, and he will never be forgotten.

Please allow us time to grieve as a family as we work through the emotions of this difficult time.


The Shelton Family


In a devastating turn of events, Michael Shelton, a 33-year-old resident of Santa Monica has been hospitalized in Italy after a tragic accident.

Shelton was visiting Italy for a friend’s wedding on May 23, when he fell off a 65-foot cliff while descending a steep set of stairs in Positano. The incident left him with severe injuries, including broken legs, broken ribs, head trauma, chest trauma, cervical trauma, lung contusions, and internal bleeding.

Fortunately, an emergency rescue team quickly responded to the scene and airlifted him to a hospital in Naples. There, he was placed in a medically induced coma and put on a ventilator to aid his recovery. Although his condition is stable, the true extent of his health remains unknown until his body heals enough to be awakened from the coma.

Upon hearing the news, Shelton’s family immediately traveled to Italy and are expected to stay for several months. The financial implications of the accident, including medical costs and insurance coverage, are still unclear due to the incident occurring in a foreign country. However, it is anticipated that Shelton will require medical transport back to Southern California for repatriation and subsequent rehabilitation at an inpatient physical therapy facility for several months.

Initially Shelton’s family hesitated to ask for help. However, the financial burden of his extensive medical treatment and repatriation can no longer be ignored so they have started a GoFundMe campaign.

The Shelton family said they are grateful for the love and support received thus far, which they believe have played a crucial role in Michael’s survival. They also recognize the heartwarming embrace they’ve received from the people of Naples. Their compassion has provided immense comfort during this difficult time.

To support the family, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/michael-sheltons-road-to-recovery.


Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...