The previous Harlem drug kingpin whose life turned the premise for the 2007 film American Gangster has died. Frank Lucas was 88.
His nephew Aldwan Lassiter says Lucas died Thursday in New Jersey, the place he’d lived for years.
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Lucas turned a serious heroin supplier earlier than being convicted in 1975 and sentenced to a long time in jail. He turned informant and was launched after about 5 years.
His story impressed the Ridley Scott-directed American Gangster, which starred Denzel Washington as Lucas.
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The film received awards buzz but additionally introduced scrutiny of doubtful claims in Lucas’ legend, significantly a portrayal of him smuggling medication in U.S. troopers’ caskets throughout the Vietnam Conflict.
As for Lucas’ unquestioned position in supplying potent heroin, he mentioned in 2007 that he regretted doing “some horrible issues.”