Notorious mobster Whitey Bulger found dead hours after prison transfer

Whitey Bulger Dead

The US Justice Department indicated that Bulger had been found at roughly 8:20 a.m. local time on Tuesday and that prison staffers had attempted to resuscitate him. He had just recently arrived at Hazelton.

Reports say James "Whitey" Bulger was found dead Tuesday after being transferred to a West Virginia prison.

Corrections officials relocated the 89-year-old from a temporary stay at a facility in Oklahoma to the high-security USP Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., on Monday.

"Hopefully the seven years he spent in prison, as well as his recent death, brings some closure to the families of his many victims", Brian Kelly, who was a former federal prosecutor who tried Bulger, told CNN.

Bulger was convicted in 2013 of being complicit in 11 mob killings.

The ex-crime boss was on the run for years and was one of the FBI's most wanted before being captured in Santa Monica in 2011.

Bulger was serving a life sentence.

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"Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff", the spokesperson said.

In 2013, Bulger was convicted of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Bulger was the head of the Winter Hill Gang, a violent South Boston crime ring, from the 1970 into the '90s.

The tale became the basis for the 2006 Oscar-winning film "The Departed", which starred Jack Nicholson as a character modeled on Bulger. His younger brother, William Bulger, became one of the most powerful politicians in MA, leading the state Senate for 17 years.

"And my thing is, as far as I'm concerned, I didn't get a fair trial", Bulger said, when he revealed he would not testify.

The FBI had been searching for Bulger for 16 years before his arrest.

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