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Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro in "irreversible coma"

Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro in "irreversible coma"

Italian media reported Saturday that Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, who was captured in January after 30 years on the run, is in a coma.

Messina Denaro has colon cancer and doctors say he will not recover. At his request, the measures to keep him alive have been stopped.

In early August, the 61-year-old head of Sicily's Cosa Nostra mafia underwent bowel surgery at San Salvatore Hospital in L'Aguila. While the operation was successful, his cancer advanced causing an irreversible deterioration in his health.

Messina Denaro suffered severe bleeding and shortly afterwards fell into an "irreversible coma".

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