Joseph Colombo

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Joseph Colombo
Colombo's March 6, 1970 mugshot
Joseph Anthony Colombo

(1923-06-16)June 16, 1923
DiedMay 22, 1978(1978-05-22) (aged 54)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest related to shooting
Resting placeSt. John's Cemetery, Queens
OccupationCrime boss
Lucille Faiello (m. 1944)
AllegianceColombo crime family
Italian-American Civil Rights League
Conviction(s)Contempt of court (1966)
Criminal penalty30 days in prison

Joseph Anthony Colombo Sr. (Italian: [koˈlombo]; June 16, 1923 – May 22, 1978) was a crime boss. He was boss of Colombo Crime Family. This was one of the Five Families in New York City. His father was part of the Profaci crime family. Colombo inherited the leadership of Joseph Profaci. He created the Italian-American Civil Rights League in 1970. During his life, he was only 30 days in prison for contempt of court. During the Second Colombo War, Jerome A. Johnson shot Colombo several times. Colombo survived, but was paralyzed. Colombo died of a cardiac arrest.