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Mafia figure Anthony St. Laurent has died in Rhode Island, just weeks after he was released from federal prison on a five-year-old conviction in a murder-for hire scheme.

St. Laurent, also known by the nickname “The Saint,” was hospitalized early Monday morning, and died soon after, according to Johnston Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini. Investigators believe the 75-year-old died of natural causes. There is no criminal investigation underway.

St. Laurent had pleaded guilty in 2011 to allegations that he tried to order a hit on long-time Rhode Island mobster Robert DeLuca because he had publicly accused St. Laurent of being a “rat,” or government informant.

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The plot was never carried out, but St. Laurent had allegedly tried to send a message to the victim, telling the hit man to say “This is from The Saint.”

St. Laurent had been in ill health even when he was convicted. He appeared in court in a wheelchair. He had been released Oct. 26 from Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer.

Tamburini said St. Laurent made his living running illegal betting.

“He was a mob associate, and he worked gambling for the mob. He was part of that organized crime gambling organization,” the chief said.

DeLuca has also been in the news recently.

He pleaded guilty Friday in US District Court in Boston to obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements in the 1993 killing of a South Boston nightclub owner and other killings.

He also has agreed to plead guilty in Rhode Island state court to conspiring to murder a mob enforcer in Providence in 1992.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.