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Tony 'Big Tuna' Accardo turned to a life of crime in his early teens, and quickly rose to infamy as a soldier in Al Capone's Chicago Crime Syndicate.
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Before his death, Accardo divided his time between Palm Springs and an estate in the Chicago suburb of Barrington. He died May 27, 1992, of heart and lung disease, making him one of only a few mobsters who died of natural causes. Accardo was entombed in the mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in the suburb of Hillside in Chicago, Illinois.
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Bootleggers, smugglers, drug dealers, hit men—all these occupations are the provenance of mobsters, who operate in ethnic, family and business networks. Mobsters' real life crimes, and Hollywood's fascination with them, has earned them a special place in the American imagination. From Al Capone's Chicago crime ring to Bugsy Siegel's Las Vegas racket, these mobsters have made their names notorious from coast to coast.
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