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    Good night to a goodfella: the death of Henry Hill is the end of a Mafia story

    Henry Hill, the notorious gangster who betrayed the Mafia and inspired a Scorsese film,
    has died an improbably peaceful death. Guy Adams looks back on his life


    There was no hail of bullets or pair of concrete boots. No guns, knives, henchmen, or journeys in a car boot. After a life spent looking over his shoulder, Henry Hill died in the most boring way imaginable: in a hospital bed.

    The famous mobster-turned-snitch, whose life was immortalised in Goodfellas, passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday afternoon, apparently succumbing to years of heavy smoking and Italian food. "His heart just gave out," Hill's partner Lisa told reporters, adding, with half a smile: "He went out pretty peacefully... For a goodfella."

    Of all the hoods, rats and downright scoundrels to have scuttled into the consciousness of the American public, few did more to mythologise the world of organised crime than this 69-year-old former associate of the New York Mafia's notorious Lucchese family.

    In endless books, talks and films about his 30-year Mob career, Hill lifted the lid on a hidden world that revolved around extraordinary glamour and sickening violence. A world where an average guy, from a humble background could gamble, drink and womanise to his heart's content – provided he wasn't fazed by guns, torture, or the occasional bloody murder.

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    Thank you for that, DD. Excellent documentary. Sounded realer that real life, if that is possible. I think Henry was happy to have gotten away from the bloodshed and violence even if he wasn't able to shake his criminal tendencies. We probably all know someone like Henry. I hope he's at peace now. A really likable fellow-- I'll resist the pun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    Thank you for that, DD. Excellent documentary. Sounded realer that real life, if that is possible. I think Henry was happy to have gotten away from the bloodshed and violence even if he wasn't able to shake his criminal tendencies. We probably all know someone like Henry. I hope he's at peace now. A really likable fellow-- I'll resist the pun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    Fuhgettaboutit!
    It was really creepy how he described some of the Mafia types-- even more whacked than I imagined.

    Also funny how he described De Niro as a screwball, constantly calling him on the phone-- "tell me how he held his cigarette." lol
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    Hill duly spent the last years of his life as a sort of celebrity mobster, living in Topanga Canyon, on the outskirts of Malibu, California, selling paintings, giving lectures and appearing as an occasional host of an Italian cooking show on the Food network. He eventually released a recipe book, The Wise Guy Cookbook and a signature brand of pasta sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDutton View Post
    Hill duly spent the last years of his life as a sort of celebrity mobster, living in Topanga Canyon, on the outskirts of Malibu, California, selling paintings, giving lectures and appearing as an occasional host of an Italian cooking show on the Food network. He eventually released a recipe book, The Wise Guy Cookbook and a signature brand of pasta sauce.
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    Henry Hill to be honored in Vegas -
    http://www.lvrj.com/view/mafia-tales...185352781.html

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