Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina dies of natural causes in hospital prison ward

Sicilian Mafia boss Toto Riina poses for a police mugshot in this 1993 handout picture.

Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, the most powerful and feared Sicilian Mafia boss of the 20th century, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter century in jail, Italian media reported.

Riina, who turned 87 on Thursday, died in the prison ward of a hospital in Parma, the northern Italy city where he had been serving 26 life sentences for dozens of murders committed between 1969 and 1992.

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