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Jailed Cosa Nostra boss dies, decade after capture in Sicily

  • FILE - In thisTuesday, April 11, 2006 file photo, Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano is escorted by a black-hooded police officer as he enters a Police building in downtown Palermo, Italy after being arrested. According to reports, Provenzano died at a Milan hospital Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 83. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, files)

    FILE - In thisTuesday, April 11, 2006 file photo, Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano is escorted by a black-hooded police officer as he enters a Police building in downtown Palermo, Italy after being arrested. According to reports, Provenzano died at a Milan hospital Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 83. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, files)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In thisTuesday, April 11, 2006 file photo, Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano enters a Police building in downtown Palermo, Italy after being arrested. According to reports, Provenzano died at a Milan hospital Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 83. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, files)

    FILE - In thisTuesday, April 11, 2006 file photo, Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano enters a Police building in downtown Palermo, Italy after being arrested. According to reports, Provenzano died at a Milan hospital Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 83. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, files)  (The Associated Press)

  • ** BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO ** This July 4, 2001 file photo shows a 1963 black and white mug shot of Italy's No.1 Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano.  According to reports, Provenzano died at a Milan hospital Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 83. He was arrested in the countryside of the Sicilian town of Corleone in 2006, after four decades on the run. (AP Photo)

    ** BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO ** This July 4, 2001 file photo shows a 1963 black and white mug shot of Italy's No.1 Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano. According to reports, Provenzano died at a Milan hospital Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 83. He was arrested in the countryside of the Sicilian town of Corleone in 2006, after four decades on the run. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for convicted Cosa Nostra "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano says the man who reputedly led the Mafia's powerful Corleone clan has died, a decade after his capture in Sicily following decades of hiding in the countryside.

The lawyer, Rosalba Di Gregorio, said Provenzano died Wednesday. In recent years, Provenzano had been held under strict security measures at a Milan hospital.

Di Gregorio had cited Provenzano's increasing physical frailty and mental infirmity in several failed attempts to persuade anti-Mafia prosecutors to ease the rigid prison conditions intended to prevent mobsters from wielding power from behind bars.

The reputed Cosa Nostra "capo dei capi" (top boss) was arrested in 2006 after 43 years as a fugitive. He had been convicted in absentia of ordering or carrying out multiple murders.