The testimony of the former member of the Lucchese crime family in New York led to about 50 convictions. Ray Liotta played him in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 movie.
Henry Hill, the mob informant whose life of crime was chronicled in the film classic “GoodFellas,” was the first to admit that he did “a lot of bad things back then.”
“I shot at people. I busted a lot of heads, and I buried a lot of bodies,” he told the London-based Daily Telegraph in 2010. “You can try to justify it by saying they deserved it, that they had it coming, but some just got whacked for absolutely no reason at all.”
Hill, 69, who was in the federal witness protection program in the 1980s and later made various attempts to cash in on his notoriety as an ex-mobster, died Tuesday at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, said Nate Caserta, the son of Hill’s girlfriend, Lisa Caserta.
Hill, who had open-heart surgery last year, died of complications of heart problems related to smoking, Nate Caserta said.