According to a report published by QMI Agency, mob boss Vito Rizzuto was aware of his seriously ill condition but voluntarily chose to delay the cancer treatment hoping to spend Christmas with his family. However, the decision proved fatal for the 67-year-old crime figure, as he gave up his struggle for life in his home last weekend and passed away on Monday. QMI Agency mentioned that Rizzuto was suffering from lung cancer and had already begun chemotherapy.
The report added that Mr. Rizzuto had planned to resume treatments in January, after spending Christmas with family. Although, his wife found him unconscious on the floor in their home in Laval, just north of Montreal, after which he rushed to a nearby hospital but his condition continued to deteriorate till Sunday evening. Rizzuto had previously mentioned his health condition in 2006, when he was being extradited to New York to stand trial for his involvement in the 1981 murders of three New York mobsters.
A former RCMP intelligence analyst, Pierre de Champlain, speculated that Mr. Rizzuto would have probably nominated a successor before he died. He alleged that “he probably approached some people in secret, like any owner of a large business, for the sake of foresight, he had to think of someone.” According to de Champlain, Vito would have most likely inclined towards choosing a younger companion while arranging his succession. He speculated that “maybe the son of one of his former lieutenants,” while adding that “in the coming weeks, the Mafia will surely agree on someone to provide leadership on an interim basis.”
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