Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger Dead at 89, Found Dead in Prison

Officials found Bulger unresponsive around 8:20 a.m. With a $2 million reward on his head, Bulger became one of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" criminals, with a place just below Osama bin Laden.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons had recently transferred Bulger from a Florida prison to West Virginia's USP Hazelton facility.

Prison officials haven't released details, but say his body was found sometime after he was moved to the prison.

As Radar previously reported, the former Boston-based crime boss was finally captured by authorities in 2011, after more than 16 years on the run. Prior to Oklahoma, Bulger had been held at U.S. Penitentiary Coleman II in Sumterville, Fla.

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

In 2013, Bulger was convicted of 11 murders that occurred in the Boston-area in the 1970s and 80s.

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The network's justice correspondent, Pete Williams, said in a televised segment said that "there are local reports that Bulger was murdered at the prison, but the people we've been talking to can't confirm that".

The gangster inspired Jack Nicholson's character Francis "Frank" Costello in the Oscar-winning film The Departed.

"I heard he wasn't feeling well a while back", Jackie Bulger said of Whitey.

A federal judge sentenced him to two life-in-prison terms plus five years in November 2013 and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution and forfeit $25.2 million to the government.

Prosecutors said that Greig had numerous opportunities to leave Bulger or report him, but she never did. Though he was known to have medical ailments, it's not clear why he was on the move.

Bulger was arrested with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

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