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Montreal mafia boss found dead: reports

An Italian-Canadian man considered head of an organized crime group in Montreal was shot dead and his body recovered early Thursday, according to several Quebec media outlets.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2011 08:30 IST

An Italian-Canadian man considered head of an organized crime group in Montreal was shot dead and his body recovered early Thursday, according to several Quebec media outlets.

Salvatore Montagna, who was born in Canada in 1971 and raised in Sicily, allegedly rose quickly in the New York's Bonanno crime family, becoming its interim leader in 2006. He was deported from the United States to Canada in 2009.

Quebec police would only confirm to AFP a body of a middle aged man with "signs of violence" had been found in northeast Montreal.

The local mafia groups in Montreal have been in turmoil since the collapse of the once-powerful Sicilian Rizzuto clan.

The group's chief Nicolo Rizzuto was killed last year, and his son Vito is currently in prison in the United States. Rizutto's grandson was killed in 2009.