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January 03, 2008

SALVATORE BONANNO, 75

Grew up in Mafia family

Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, the oldest son of the late New York City crime chieftain Joe Bonanno and author of a book about growing up in a Mafia family, has died. He was 75.

Los Angeles literary agent Mickey Freiberg said Mr. Bonanno died Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz. The cause of death was a heart attack, said Anthony Tarantola, Mr. Bonanno's nephew.

Mr. Bonanno wrote Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story in 2000. His Web site describes him as an author, movie producer and lecturer.

The book was an attempt to make sense of myths about the Mafia in America, the site says.

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