Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Purple Gang boss Michael Meldish was responsible for at least ten hits in enforcing his crew's turf during the 1970s and 1980s in the Bronx, and now the 62-year-old degenerate gangster is dead from the receiving end of a bullet as reported by The Daily News: "Meldish's lifeless body was discovered in the driver’s seat of a rusty Lincoln LS in Throgs Neck -- a single gunshot to his head and blood leaking from both ears."
That's a shame.
The Purple Gang was involved in the drug trade, an extortion racket which targeted bars and restaurants, and contract killings for the Mafia.
In February 2011 a Bronx jury convicted Meldish's brother Joseph whom police suspect was involved in as many as 70 murders for the March 1999 killing of city tunnel digger Joey Brown in a tragic case of mistaken identity as then reported by Kevin Deutsch for the Daily News: "Law enforcement sources said Meldish was longtime muscle for the Purple Gang, an independent crew originally affiliate with the Lucchese mob, and later with the Genovese and Bonanno crime families."