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'Goodfellas' mobster Henry Hill dead at 69

  • 13 Jun 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AFP)
Henry Hill, pictured in 2010

Henry Hill, the ex-mobster played by Ray Liotta in the classic Martin Scorsese movie "Goodfellas," has died at age 69 -- and the actor described the former mafioso as "complicated" Wednesday.

Hill died on Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital following a long battle with an undisclosed illness, his girlfriend Lisa told the TMZ celebrity news website.

"He had been sick for a long time ... his heart gave out," she said, adding that he had made efforts to mend relationships with estranged family members in recent years.

Ray Liotta, who played him in the 1990 alongside Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci, offered condolences to his family.

"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," he said in a statement. "But I do know he lived a complicated life.

"My heart goes out to his family and may he finally rest in peace."

Publicists for Scorsese did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hill, who prided himself on reforming in later life and appeared regularly on the Howard Stern show, is survived by two children, according to TMZ.

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