American mobsterDied when: 49 years 129 days (592 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Angelo "Quack Quack" Ruggiero Sr. (Italian: [ˈandʒelo rudˈdʒɛːro];July 29, 1940 – December 4, 1989) was a member of the Gambino crime family and a friend of John Gotti's.
Once Gotti became leader of the family he made Ruggiero a caporegime.Although he showed little organizing or money making ability, anyone questioning Ruggiero's suitability for a top position in the hierarchy did so at their peril; the FBI regarded Ruggiero as an unpredictable psychopath not amenable to confrontational tactics.
While Gotti was held in pretrial detention for a state case that he eventually beat, Ruggiero served as his contact with the crime family, until the impulsive capo got himself thrown in jail beside Gotti by cursing and arguing with the judge during a hearing.
This blunder lost Ruggiero any chance he had of becoming Gotti's underboss.