Mickey Cohen died in his sleep in 1976 due to stomach cancer.
Meyer Harris “Mickey” Cohen was a notorious gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia. He also had strong ties to the Italian-American Mafia from the 1930s through the 1960s. Cohen was involved in various criminal activities, including gambling, extortion, and prostitution. He was a successor to Bugsy Siegel after Siegel’s assassination in 1947.
Cohen’s life was marked by numerous legal troubles and stints in prison. Despite his criminal lifestyle, he became a celebrity in his own right, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars and influential politicians. His notoriety was such that he was often in the media spotlight, which both helped and hindered his criminal enterprises.
After surviving several assassination attempts and serving time in prison for tax evasion, Mickey Cohen’s health began to decline. He suffered from stomach cancer, which ultimately led to his death on July 29, 1976. He passed away in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, California. At the time of his death, Cohen had been out of the public eye for some time, his era of high-profile criminal activity having ended years before.