Italian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, who was captured in January after 30 years on the run, has died, in accordance with media reviews.
The ANSA information company stated on Monday that Messina Denaro, 61, died within the L’Aquila Hospital in central Italy after slipping into an “irreversible coma” over the weekend.
The previous head of the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mob was searching for remedy for colon most cancers on the time of his arrest. He was initially held in a maximum-security jail however transferred to the L’Aquila Hospital in latest weeks when his situation worsened.
Messina Denaro had requested no aggressive medical remedy, ANSA reported, including that medics had stopped feeding him after he was declared to be in a coma.
The son of a mafioso, Messina Denaro was born within the southwestern Sicilian city of Castelvetrano in 1962. He adopted his father into the mob and at 15, was already carrying a gun.
Police say he carried out his first killing when he was 18.
The Castelvetrano clan was allied to the Corleonesi, led by Salvatore “the Beast” Riina, who turned the undisputed “boss of bosses” of Cosa Nostra due to his ruthless pursuit of energy.
Nicknamed “U Siccu” or the Skinny One, Messina Denaro turned Riina’s protege and confirmed he could possibly be simply as pitiless as his grasp, selecting up 20 life jail phrases in trials held in absentia for his position in an array of mob murders.
These embrace the 1992 killings of anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino – crimes that shocked Italy and sparked a crackdown on the Sicilian mob, in addition to bombings in Rome, Florence and Milan in 1993 that killed 10 folks.
Messina Denaro was additionally held chargeable for the kidnapping of Giuseppe Di Matteo, 12, to attempt to dissuade the boy’s father from giving proof in opposition to the mafia.
The boy was held for 2 years after which murdered.
Dubbed by the Italian press as “the final Godfather”, Messina Denaro himself as soon as claimed to have murdered sufficient folks to fill a cemetery.
He went into hiding in 1993 as a rising variety of turncoats began offering particulars of his position within the mob, however investigators imagine he hardly ever wandered removed from Sicily.
He was caught within the Sicilian capital, Palermo, on January 16, exterior a personal clinic for most cancers sufferers.
Messina Denaro by no means married however was recognized to have various lovers.
He wrote that he had a daughter however had by no means met her.
Regardless of his notoriety, prosecutors have all the time doubted that Messina Denaro turned the Mafia “boss of bosses”, saying it was extra probably that he was merely the top of Cosa Nostra in western Sicily.