Cardinal Maglione had left Rome on 21.07.1944 for some vacation time in his hometown of Casoria, about ten kilometres north of Naples. LuigiMaglione had a heart condition that had gradually worsened over the war years. The pope had told him to take what ever time he needed to recover (ADSS 11.314). Ten days later he was admitted to one of the "fixed hospitals" established by the American army after the liberation of Naples in October 1943. He stayed for just under two weeks before discharging himself and returning home to Casoria. On 22.08.1944 Maglione suffered a fatal heart attack. His death came as a shock to his colleagues in the Secretariat of State where Giovanni Battista Montini and Domenico Tardini had assumed Maglione's responsibilities. Upon Maglione's death, Pius XII subsumed the position of Secretary of State into his own office for the rest of his pontificate.
Luigi Cardinal Maglione 1877-1944
Secretary of State 1939-1944
Photo taken in 1927 while he was nuncio in France.