Feb. 24, 2020 :
Family and friends are mourning the death of Sonny Franzese who recently passed away.
John (Sonny) Franzese, the charismatic and fearsome longtime Colombo underboss, died Sunday after a brief illness at the age of 103, according to family members.
He died in a veterans hospital in New York City, 2½ years after being released from a prison medical center as the oldest inmate in the federal prison system. Formerly of Roslyn, he had been living in a Queens nursing home.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Colombo family mobster John (Sonny) Franzese, who rubbed elbows with Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, died at age 103.
Franzese, respected by mobsters for sticking to his oath, was freed at age 100. His son left organized crime to be a speaker.https://t.co/MjNt0QJM4k
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 24, 2020
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
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Good morning. I just received a call my dear friend of over 40 years John Sonny Franzese has passed away at 103 years old. A man a true legend and my dear friend. Please remember him in your prayers. Thank you
RIP Sonny Franzese, 103, the last of the Mafia Mohicans, who once had his hooks into everything in town, from record labels to strip clubs. He looked and talked like boxer Rocky Graziano, which made sense since he had a piece of him too. https://t.co/WQgHmjcHEO via @Newsday
— Tom Robbins (@tommy_robb) February 24, 2020