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.