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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A member of the New England Mafia who was convicted for his role in the shakedown of Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money has died. Alfred "Chippy" Scivola (skee-VOH'-lah) was 76.

Scivola's obituary says he died Friday at Rhode Island Hospital. The Woodlawn Funeral Home in Cranston confirmed the death.

The cause of death was not disclosed, but when he was sentenced in 2012, his lawyer said Scivola had a pacemaker and respiratory problems.

Scivola was released from prison in January 2015. He lived in Johnston.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, three children, three stepchildren, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at Holy Ghost Church in Providence, followed by burial at St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston.

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This story has been corrected to show Scivola lived in Johnston, not Johnstown.

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