Gambino crime family capo and former member of the late boss John Gotti’s inner circle Joseph “Joe the Blond” Giordano died Sunday of lung cancer in prison. He had plead guilty to an extortion charge and was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison in March. His defense lawyer Joseph Corozzo requested that Giordano’s sentence be delayed for medical tests but it was denied. Giordano began his sentence at Adirondack Correctional Facility and was misdiagnosed by the medical staff there who originally thought he had pneumonia and treated him using antibiotics before properly being tested later on when a large cancerous mass was discovered. He was given only months to live and family applied for medical parole so he could die at home but he died as the request was still being reviewed.
“Joseph Giordano (on left)”
His son Michael said that his dad was sent into prison coughing up blood and they ignored it and he was told by his dad that he would not make it out of prison. He said the district attorney, judge, and Department of Corrections couldn’t of cared less and ignored all of the medical appeals they made. Giordano was administered a dose of chemotherapy just three days before he passed away but the mobster had already lost his voice and was barely breathing suffering from a collapsed lung. His son said he was in a prison ward still shackled as the family gathered for his final hours to say goodbye and they are considering legal actions against the state Department of Corrections.
Joseph Giordano and his brother John “Handsom Jack” Giordano also a former capo in the Gambino family and deceased had a long infamous past in the mafia. They were the nephews of former Gambino family underboss Joseph “Joe Piney” Armone who was believed to have conspired with John Gotti in 1985 to whack then family boss Paul Castellano enabling Gotti to take over the family. Joseph was a highly respected member of the Gambino family and before his October arrest had held seats on previous family ruling councils and helped to oversee the crime families construction rackets.