Bernardo Provenzano, one of the most notorious mafia bosses of Italy, passed away in a hospital in Milan prison on Wednesday at the age of 83.
Provenzano took over the command of the Sicilian Mafia in 1993 after the arrest of ex-boss Salvatore ‘Totto’ Riina. He was arrested in 2006 after running from the authorities for over 40 years.
According to reports, he was suffering from bladder cancer and serious cognitive impairment and had spent last two years in a prison hospital ward.
He was bron in the village of Corlene and reportedly committed his first murder at the age of 25.
He got his nickname “The tractor” because of the way he mowed down clan enemies.