UPDATED: Vito Rizzuto dead

Reputed Montreal mob leader Vito Rizzuto is dead at the age of 67.

Sacré-Coeur Hospital has confirmed that Rizzuto died there around 3:00 a.m. Monday due to natural causes.

"That is all we can say out of respect for the family," Maude Hébert-Chaput, a hospital spokesperson said.

Reports say that the purported leader of the Sicilian Mafia in Canada had been transported to hospital Sunday night because of pulmonary problems.

"This is the most powerful crime figure that this country has ever known.  Who takes over?  That is the question on everyone's mind.  Vito Rizzuto may have known he was sick, he may have made some succession plans, but whatever they were, they are out the window.  The power that he had came directly from who he was as a person, but now that he's gone, no one fears a dead mobster," Adrian Humphreys, organized crime journalist and author, said.

"I think Montreal's underworld is going towards a collective effort, I don't see anyone with the charisma or the power to replace Vito Rizzuto,"  Antonio Nicaso, organized crime expert said.

Rizzuto was released from a Colorado prison in October 2012 after serving six years of a ten year sentence for the murder of three alleged gang leaders. 

He returned to Montreal, purchasing a home in Sainte-Dorothée, Laval.  

In 2009 and 2010, while in prison, Rizzuto's father Nicolo and eldest son Nick were both murdered.

The Quebecs coroner's office told CJAD Rizzuto's death was from natural causes and there would not be an investigation or an autopsy.

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  1. Junior posted on 12/23/2013 07:30 AM
    The Wild West has returned !
  2. Cindy Owen posted on 12/23/2013 08:01 AM
    Who cares? He'll be replaced.
  3. John posted on 12/23/2013 11:58 AM
    Maybe the City of Montreal can return to the good days of the 70's the fastest growth ever seen,... Montreal looks like a 3rd world country, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton are all booming while Montreal complain over languages, high welfare, corruption ...'Who will take over????' Really? How about the working people take over their city, men and women with jobs that pay taxes... It took our big brothers in the States to step in and have these guys jailed...
  4. Jules posted on 12/24/2013 08:46 PM
    Why does the media glorify this dude...?

    Never understood it. It's as if they romanticize the idea Montreal had a big mob boss a la DeNiro or something... This ain't no Scorcese film folks...

    Not something to be proud off.... Says a lot about "law enforcement's" shortcomings.
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