Italy's police chief dies in Rome hospital

March 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

ROME, March 20 (UPI) -- Italian Police Chief Antonio Manganelli died in a Rome hospital Wednesday three weeks after undergoing surgery, officials announced.

The cause of death was attributed to complications from an operation to remove a brain swelling, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Manganelli, 63, led Italy's police force since June 2007.

Born in Avellino, Manganelli earned a law degree from Naples University and a post-graduate degree in criminology from Modena University.

He taught at Italy's top police academy and authored a number of publications on topics ranging from investigative techniques to kidnappings.

Manganelli was the No. 2 man in an elite 1980s crime-fighting unit that worked closely with anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

Both men were killed by Cosa Nostra bombs in 1992.

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