14 June 2012 12:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

His life story about betraying the mafia was the basis of Martin Scorsese's classic movie. But having lived for years in fear of being gunned down, he has finally died of a heart attack

Henry Hill has died – of natural causes. It is an anti-climactic end for the Brooklyn mobster and FBI informant whose life story inspired the classic Martin Scorsese movie Goodfellas, with Hill played by Ray Liotta. Henry didn't die the way he expected to. He got whacked in hospital by heart failure at the age of 69, and not by the deadpan wiseguy he reportedly anticipated every day of his life, exacting revenge for his betrayal. He thought that one day he would open the door to an old friend who would calmly hold up a gun. Instead it was Father Time, wielding a scythe.

The revenge-slaying endgame was perpetually raised by Hill in all the many »

- Peter Bradshaw

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