Coroner: Saladino death from natural causes

Kane County Coroner Charles H. West ruled May 18 that reputed Mob hit man from Rockford Frank G. Saladino, 59, died from natural causes.

Saladino was found dead in a Super 8 motel in Hampshire, Ill., the morning of April 25—the same day he and 13 other Chicago Mob members and associates were indicted on murder and racketeering charges by U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Federal officials’ 41-page indictment did not detail who Saladino allegedly killed or his involvement in the alleged racketeering conspiracy.

A press release from the Kane County Coroner’s office indicated the autopsy was conducted the same day Saladino’s body was found. They concluded Saladino died from “hypertensive cardiovascular disease with other significant conditions contributing to death being coronary atherslerosis.”

A spokesman from West’s office refused to answer further questions about Saladino’s death.

In a Feb. 15, 1988, lawsuit filed in Winnebago County against former reputed Rockford Mob boss Frank Buscemi and Natale Galluzzo, Saladino alleged Galluzzo drove a vehicle off Interstate-90 in Boone County causing Saladino to sustain severe and permanent injuries when he was thrown through the windshield of the vehicle.

Saladino filed the lawsuit about two months after Buscemi died on Dec. 7, 1987.

In a lawsuit filed 12 years later against Galluzzo, his brother Salvatore “Sam” Galluzzo and other defendants, Saladino alleged the 1986 accident was a source of his health problems.

From the May 25-31, 2005, issue

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