John Gotti Taken to Hospital

Former New York mob boss John Gotti, suffering from cancer in recent years, has been taken to a Springfield hospital, according to a broadcast report.

Missouri station KYTV reported today that Gotti's condition had worsened and he was resting at St. John's Regional Health Center after being taken from the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. The station also reported that Gotti's daughter and another family member were expected to arrive in Springfield this evening.

The station did not identify its sources.

‘Teflon Don’s’ Greatest Fight

Gotti's lawyer, Joseph Corozzo, said in April that Gotti was in the advanced stages of head and neck cancer. The 60-year-old had a cancerous tumor removed from his neck in 1998.

Corozzo did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press. A spokeswoman at St. John's referred questions to the federal medical center. A spokeswoman there, Diane Smith, said she could not confirm or deny that Gotti had left the center.

Once known as the "Teflon Don" after a series of courtroom acquittals, Gotti was convicted of racketeering and six killings by a federal jury in Brooklyn in 1992.

His victims included "Big Paul" Castellano, whom he then succeeded as boss of New York's Gambino crime family in 1985.