Henry Hill - Henry Hill, Inspiration For 'Goodfellas', Dies Aged 69
Henry Hill, the Mafia mobster whose life story inspired the Martin Scorsese film 'Goodfellas', has reportedly passed away aged 69 years old. Tmz reports that Hill died in hospital in Los Angeles after a lengthy battle with an illness that is undisclosed. The former mobster's current girlfriend Lisa told the entertainment site "He had been sick for a long time ... his heart gave out." Apparently Hill died peacefully, having spent years amending relationships with his family over the years, suggesting that his illness has lasted a long time. He leaves behind two children.
Hill was living the mob life for 20 years, which inspired first a book by Nicholas Pileggi and then the classic 1990 film. He was involved in numerous criminal acts, including the Lufthansa heist at John F Kennedy Airport in 1978 when $5 million was stolen. However after being arrested in 1980, he managed to stay out of jail after testifying against his former mob bosses.
Since then Hill has become somewhat of a celebrity, having been a regular on Howard Stern's radio show, marketing his own spaghetti sauce and opening a restaurant called Wiseguys. This all came after entering the witness protection scheme, only to be expelled for committing several drug-related crimes.