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Tommy Lucchese is best known as one of New York City's mob bosses during the 1950s and 1960s.
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However, on September 10, 1931, Maranzano was murdered in his office. Lucchese had been in on this assassination with Luciano. He was the one that tipped off the gunmen as which man was Marazano. Now Luciano revised the structure of organized crime, creating the five families of New York. Lucchese became the underboss of the Gagliano crime family headed by Gaetano "Tommy" Gagliano.
In 1953, after serving 22 years as a loyal underboss to Gagliano, Lucchese became boss of the Lucchese crime family. Under his leadership, the Lucchese syndicate expanded their business holdings to include garment businesses, trucking companies, and trade associations. As part-owner of some downtown hotspots, including the Casino de Paris and Music Hall, Lucchese became friendly with stars such as Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. He was popular and well respected among his men, but was also capable of ruthless violence. All told, Lucchese was alleged to have been involved in at least 30 murders.
In August 1965, Lucchese was admitted to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center with a brain tumor and heart ailment. He died on July 13, 1967, at his home in Lido Beach, Long Island. His funeral was attended by over 1,000 mourners including politicians, judges, policemen, racketeers, drug pushers, pimps, and hit men.
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