Legendary mobster Henry Hill, whose life story was the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s six-time Academy Award-nominated film Goodfellas, died last night (June 12) at the age of 69 after a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness.
TMZ spoke to Hill’s girlfriend who told the media outlet that “he had been sick for a long time…his heart gave out.”
The site reports that they were told that Hill had begun focusing “on mending relationships with estranged family members in recent years,” an act that his girlfriend said Hill made “tremendous progress with before he died.”
The film Goodfellas was adapted from crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi’s book Wiseguy, which documented Hill’s life story as an American mobster turned FBI informant.
Hill, who was most famously portrayed by Ray Liotta in Scorsese’s Goodfellas, passed away two days after his 69th birthday.