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Renowned mobster Frank 'Bobo' Marrapese dies aged 74

Prominent Rhode Island mobster Frank "Bobo" Marrapese Jr has died in prison aged 74 while serving a sentence for murder, racketeering and extortion.

Rhode Island State Police Lt Col Joseph Philbin confirmed Marrapese's death on Friday at Rhode Island Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections said Marrapese had recently been taken to hospital, but could not immediately provide the cause of death.

Federal authorities said Marrapese served as an enforcer for New England mafia boss Raymond Patriarca in the 1960s and 1970s.

Marrapese was serving time for the 1975 murder of Richard "Dickie" Callei. He had eluded capture for nearly a decade but was convicted in 1987 and sentenced to life in prison.

He was interviewed for the popular Crimetown podcast launched by the creators of HBO's The Jinx.

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