Absolutely he was no Tony Soprano. He died on Monday at his home in Edison, Corsentino Home for Funerals said. He was an impressive guy.’. Nobody would co-operate – that was the problem. Tweaks: Unlike Tony Soprano (right), Riggi was supposedly a 'charitable' and 'popular' man between murders. John Riggi in Trenton in July 1969 for a New Jersey Crime Commission hearing. EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan accused of breaking two-week quarantine rules after travelling from New York to the UK... What's the TRUTH behind England's second wave? Under his ruthless rule, the gang developed labor racketeering into an art form, crime experts say. Mr. Riggi pleaded guilty and in 2003 was sentenced to 10 more years in prison. Sopranos creator David Chase has said he drew inspiration for the HBO show partly from crime families including the DeCavalcantes. The comments below have been moderated in advance. Friend of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi pleads guilty to fraud after letting terrorist's... Student reveals how to keep your dog calm on bonfire night by re-purposing a sock as a comforting ear muff, Pharmacy that home-delivered puberty blockers to transgender children put patients at risk, regulator says. The convicted leader of a New Jersey crime family who inspired The Sopranos TV show has died. But behinds the scenes, he was one of the East Coast’s most notorious and feared mobsters. They said evidence at prior trials showed Riggi believed the slaying would improve the Decavalcante’s position among mob families. He was 90. John M Riggi, 90, ran the DeCavalcante crime family for more than two decades - even ordering murders and receiving payments while in prison for extortion and murder. And the effect he had on other prisoners was astounding, Boccino said as he reminisced about arresting Riggi in the 1980s. Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ) - December 23, 2000 Deceased Name: Sara R. Riggi of Linden, active with church, PTA OBITUARY A Mass for Mrs. Sara R. Riggi, 73, of Linden will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth's Church, Linden, after the funeral from the Corsentino Home for Funerals… [From article] The convicted leader of a New Jersey crime family who inspired The Sopranos TV show has died. 'All the others we took in that morning put on the arrest suit – sweats and sneakers. Personal trainer, 39, drank himself to death during lockdown, inquest hears. In September 2003, Riggi admitted his role in the 1989 murder of a Staten Island businessman that prosecutors said was supposedly carried out as a favor to John Gotti, the former head of the Gambino crime family. New York Daily News Archive, via Getty Images. After graduating from Linden High School as class president, he enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in the Air Corps as a mechanic in Europe during World War II. John Riggi, a convicted New Jersey labor racketeer who was often mistakenly cited as an inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” died on Aug. 3 at his home in Edison, N.J. Giovanni Michael Riggi was born in Elizabeth on Feb. 1, 1925. ‘All the others we took in that morning put on the arrest suit – sweats and sneakers. The Kings of Covid: From creator of a 90-minute virus test to the 'biotech' mask maker... the British tech... John Riggi, Jersey mob boss who inspired 'The Sopranos,' dead at 90 | NJ.com. Vincent John Riggi, of Tobyhanna and Palm Beach, Fla., died Saturday morning, Dec. 7, 2013, after a brief illness. He was said to have kept an iron grip on the construction industry as business agent of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 394 of Elizabeth. John M Riggi, 90, ran the DeCavalcante crime family for more than two decades – even ordering murders and receiving payments while in prison for extortion and murder. Riggi’s death, according to retired detectives, marks the end of a generation. He ordered murders from behind bars but was beloved in the community. But David Chase, the creator of “The Sopranos” and a New Jersey native, said in a phone interview on Tuesday that the show had actually been inspired by Richie Boiardo, a Newark mobster who lived in the same neighborhood as Mr. Chase’s mother.