Whitey Bulger Dead: Boston Mobster Killed in Prison

The cause of death was unclear

Prison officials have not released details but say he was found dead sometime after the was moved to the prison.

Reports out of the United States indicate that 89-year-old Whitey Bulger, a man who was on the FBI's most-wanted list for 16 years, has been killed in a West Virginia prison.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice' Federal Bureau of Prisons told Radar that the 89-year-old was discovered "unresponsive" at 8:20 a.m. this morning at the Hazelton Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills.

"He was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty", defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr., said in a statement, referring for his former client. He was convicted in 2013 for a slew of crimes, including being linked to at least 11 murders.

Bulger ran the Irish mob for decades and was on the run from authorities for 16 years - and on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for a dozen of those - before being arrested in Santa Monica in 2011.

Bulger was sentenced to life in prison for 11 murders.

A lawyer who represented Bulger blamed the gangster's death on decisions made by the Bureau of Prisons.




"Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff", the spokesperson said.

Bulger, who served as the leader of Boston's violent Winter Hill Gang, was reportedly killed overnight at the maximum security prison, the Boston Globe reported, citing two individuals briefed on the incident.

"Bulger embarked upon a life of crime at the age of 14 and had become a prominent figure in Boston's organized crime scene by the late 1970s".

Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Boston.

Now 67, Greig pleaded guilty in 2012 to identity fraud and harboring Bulger.

"I thought they had him under a lot of security", she said. Though he was known to have medical ailments, it's not clear why he was on the move.

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