‘Goodfellas’ inspiration Henry Hill dies aged 69

Mobster turned informant passed away peacefully yesterday (June 13)

Henry Hill, the former member of the member who became an FBI informant and who inspired the 1990 classic film Goodfellas, has passed away aged 69.

Hill passed away peacefully yesterday (June 13), with his partner and manager Lisa Caserta saying simply that Hill’s “heart just gave out”.

Hill was portrayed by Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, which was based on the 1986 book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, which told the story of Hill’s move from a key member of Lucchese crime family to an FBI informant.

His decision to become an informant came about after he was arrested in 1980 on drugs charges and opted to become an informant instead of going to jail. Before this, he had been involved in a number of high profile robberies and once boasted: “The government said a couple of hundred million dollars went through my hands. But I just blew it on slow horses, women, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.”

After assuming a false identity, he later launched his own brand of spaghetti sauce and even ran his own restaurant, fittingly named ‘Wiseguys’.

Hill is survived by his two children Gregg and Gina and Caserta, his partner of the last 14 years.