First Hospitalized Victim Of GREAT WHITE Club Fire Dies

The first victim hospitalized after last week's tragic nightclub fire in Rhode Island has died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the hospital said this morning.

Linda Suffoletto was pronounced dead at 5:17 a.m. Friday (Feb. 28) at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson. The specific cause of death was not released at press time.

Mrs. Suffoletto's husband, Benjamin Joseph Suffoletto Jr., 43, was killed in the fire. He was buried yesterday.

Suffoletto's passing brings the death toll back up to 97, after it had been lowered by one on Thursday due to a miscalculation. About 50 people remain hospitalized, 34 in critical condition.

Governor Carcieri has said on several occasions that it was remarkable that none of the hospitalized victims had died. He said it was a tribute to the good work by rescue squads and the fine care they were receiving.

But he did note during yesterday's press conference that many of the victims are still very sick.

"We are not out of the woods in terms of fatalities by a long shot," said Carcieri, who with his wife, Sue, has been visiting some of hospitals where victims are being treated. Carcieri visited Mass. General earlier this week.

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