13 June 2012 8:48 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Some sad news from the crime community today: Henry Hill, the former close associate of the Lucchese crime family whose life story was made into the classic 1990 film GoodFellas, has died in a Los Angeles hospital.  His manager and fiancée, Lisa Caserta, told TMZ that Hill “had been sick for a long time…his heart gave out.”

This is unhappy news, to be certain, but it does send a strange vibe around the Criminal Complex offices as well.  As soft, pudgy college boys, we have this weird reverence-slash-fear for mafiosi, sort of like with our fathers.  We respect the fact that they are iconoclasts who work with impunity outside the system, but we also know them to be bullies and thugs with no consideration for anyone but themselves.

So yes, Henry Hill was the direct inspiration of one of the greatest (if not the greatest) gangster films of all time. »

- Jimmy Callaway

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