TG Graziano, Former Bonanno Capo Done In By Reality Show Mob Wives And Turncoat Son In Law, Died At 78

Anthony (TG) Graziano -- a longtime member of the Bonanno crime family who served as consigliere and was a capo -- died at age 78 of unreported causes, though he suffered from health ailments including diabetes and bladder cancer.

Anthony (TG) Graziano, Bonanno crime family, New York Mafia
Anthony Graziano and daughter Renee. 

Graziano's daughter Renee Graziano, the former Mob Wives star, posted word of his death on her Instagram yesterday (May 25).

Part of former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino's inner circle, Graziano was among the trusted aids whom the surveillance-paranoid Massino would travel with on "vacations" to places like Italy and Mexico.

Massino held Graziano in strong favor, and (as per sources) gave him advance word regarding the 1981 triple murders of the three "renegade" Bonanno capos, Anthony (Sonny Red) Indelicato, Dominick ( Big Trin) Trinchera, and Phil Giaccone in a Brooklyn nightclub.

Under Massino, TG had been given total control of Staten Island for the Bonannos.

Graziano served time in prison for various charges, most recently in 2012 when he was indicted for racketeering after his then-son-in-law Hector Pagan, Jr. flipped and wore a wire on him. For those charges, TG copped out and  was sentenced to 19 months in prison. He was released in 2013 for health reasons.

He reportedly had a cocaine habit that was among the reasons why a powerful Sicilian Bonanno capo with strong ties to the Montreal Mafia under Vito Rizzuto was killed. The murder had fueled concerns about a possible mob war.

Anthony (TG) Graziano, Joseph Massino, Bonanno, New York Mafia
Anthony (TG) Graziano, Joseph Massino, Bonanno crime family.

Graziano  had a string of hard luck later in life. Pagan was only one of two notorious turncoats who gave him up. Chris Paciello, the big-time Florida nightclub impresario who dated Madonna, was the other.

And Graziano reportedly was booted out of the Bonannos because of his daughters' association with the reality show Mob Wives....