Riina died at the age of 87 in the hospital while serving multiple life sentences.
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With Mafia king Toto Riina's death, and heir Matteo Messina Denaro on the run, is it game over for Sicily's once all-powerful Cosa Nostra? "Boss of bosses" Riina, who was nicknamed "The Beast" because of his cruelty, led a reign of terror including the brutal daylight assassinations of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.Multi-murderer playboy Messina Denaro, one of the world's most-wanted men, is seen by many as Riina's natural heir but has been on the run since 1993 .Prosecutor Ambrogio Cartosio, who spent 20 years in the DDA organization of anti-mafia prosecutors, warned the days of shootouts and car bombs may be gone, but Cosa Nostra has been growing fat instead on political deals.The battle is not only against "the octopus" but also the "Stidda," a rival group formed by former Cosa Nostra members during the Second Mafia War of the early '80s.
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