Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, a powerful Sicilian mafia “boss of bosses”, died in the prison wing of a hospital in Parma, the day after his 87th birthday.
He has been in a medically induced coma after two recent operations, and a judge had allowed his family to visit him just hours before.
Thought to have ordered over 150 murders, Riina had been serving 26 life sentences since 1993.
Some of his targets included anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as rival bosses.
Nicknamed “The Beast” due to his savagery, Riina broke the Cosa Nostra’s “rules of conduct”, including no longer making an effort to protect women and children from Mafia violence.
He spent decades on the run from police, starting in 1969 and culminating in his arrest following the deaths of Mr Falcone and Mr Borsellino.
His indiscriminate violence led to hundreds of mobsters breaking ‘Omerta’, the code of silence, and testifying against him in the 1980s and 1990s.
Once imprisoned he has given little access to the outside world, including family, under laws written to prevent mob bosses from commanding from prison.
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