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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Henry Hill, inspiration for ‘Goodfellas,’ dies, therefore Ray Liotta must comment

Ray Liotta. (Jason Redmond - Reuters)
Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-FBI informant whose story was immortalized in the Martin Scorsese film “Goodfellas,” has died, his partner and manager Lisa Caserta told CBS News. He was 69 and “went out pretty peacefully, for a goodfella,” Caserta said.

No exact cause of death was given, according to CBS, but Hill had recently suffered a heart attack.

Hill’s rise in the organized crime world was detailed in Nicholas Pileggi’s 1986 book “Wiseguy,” which four years later became the basis for the film that made him infamous. He was played by actor Ray Liotta in the extremely quotable “Goodfellas,” which was nominated for the best picture Oscar.

Now that Hill has died, Liotta has been asked to comment, even though he apparently didn’t know the man that well.

The actor said in a very classy statement to RumorFix, “Although I played Henry Hill in the movie ‘Goodfellas’ I only met him a few short times so I can’t say I knew him but, I do know he lived a complicated life. My heart goes out to his family and may he finally rest in peace.”

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