He died after slipping while hunting birds in the hills above Turin, and falling into the ravine in the Colle delle Oche in Italy.
Ponzetto,had been the point of much outrage after a picture showing him next to a lion he'd shot went viral last year. The photo was posted to to the Italian Facebook group 'Safari Italian Chapter' and drew heavy criticism, with some going so far as to threaten the man's life.
But Ponzetto, who a ran the veterinary clinic in Turin, had defended his lifestyle as an avid hunter and vet by saying that his profession was "not incompatible with hunting, either morally or professionally," according to The Local.
An Italian police spokesman told The Sun, ‘We were called by the mountain rescue services who had been alerted to the incident by someone who was out with him.
‘His body was recovered by helicopter and taken to a local hospital. Ponzetto has reportedly returned from a recent hunting trip to Canada too.
‘It looks like he slipped and fell when he was out hunting. He died instantly and there was nothing that could be done.’