Henry Hill, the former Lucchese associate who was portrayed by Ray Liotta in the film Goodfellas, has died of heart failure at the age of 69 in Los Angeles, CA as reported by Tracy Connor for the Daily News:
He became one of the most notorious Mafia canaries by turning FBI informant after being busted for pushing drugs. His turncoat testimony helped the feds nab dozens of wiseguys. Hill spent several years in witness protection with his wife and kids, but was tossed out in the early 1990s because he couldn’t stay out of trouble.
In speaking on the 1990 mob film classic Hill said that Martin Scorsese "was 95% on the money" in accurately depicting his story as reported by Jason Price for Icon vs. Icon.
Hill spoke with Don Lemon from CNN in January 2011 about a record roundup of more than 100 suspected mobsters, and when Lemon asked Hill if the feds ever can eradicate the Mafia the former goodfella unequivocally responded no: "the mob is not going to go out of business. * * * The mob is going to survive."