PASSAGES: Mob Boss Gotti Is Dead
DIED: Mob boss JOHN GOTTI, 61, known as the “Dapper Don” for his sartorial splendor (though also known in some quarters as America’s most notorious gangster since Al Capone), died Monday, reports the Associated Press. He had suffered from throat cancer and had been moved to the prison hospital from the maximum-security federal prison in Marion, Ill., where he had been serving a life sentence on racketeering and murder charges. Also, ROBBIN CROSBY, 41, the guitarist and founding member of the ’80s glam-metal band Ratt (“Round and Round”), died Thursday after an eight-year battle with AIDS, the group announced on its Web site. Crosby had told fans last year that he contracted the disease through heroin use. . . . SWAPPED: Eminem’s custom purple Ford Mustang convertible (13,000 miles on the odometer) with tan upholstery was traded in at the Russ Milne Ford dealership in Michigan last week, reports the Associated Press. The rapper, 29, waited outside while his uncle made the deal. Milne is considering selling the vehicle and donating the proceeds to charity. . . . WED: Five-time Wimbledon champ and now three-time groom Bjorn Borg, 46, married Patricia Ostfeldt, 32, in the Stockholm archipelago island of Ingaro on Saturday, the wedding’s organizer told Reuters. Among the 125 guests were former tennis players Ilie Nastase and Mats Wilander. . . . WON: LENNOX LEWIS, 36, knocked out MIKE TYSON, 35, in the eighth round of their WBC/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Championship bout at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis on Saturday. Lewis was said to have taken control of the bout in the third round. Also, SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, 30, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets, 106-103, on Sunday to move one victory away from their third title in a row. But as several sportscasters are insisting, it’s not over ’til it’s over. . . . MADE: Clint Eastwood was sworn in Saturday as a California parks commissioner at the beginning of the 100-year birthday celebration for Big Basin Redwood State Park, the state’s oldest park, reports the AP. “You’re all under arrest,” the star, 71, told the crowd as he held up his shiny new badge.