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Great movie gets a plot correction.  Pesci character whacked by the Dapper Don. 

In 1986 when Henry Hill coauthored the book, which became the basis of the legendary film Goodfellas with former Sports Illustrated scribe Nicholas Pileggi, Henry witheld one critical fact, he knew the previous December John Gotti had just murdered his way to the top of the Gambino crime family. A few years earlier Hill had played canary to put away his Lucchese cohorts but offending the Dapper Don was one card he never played while alive. Death freed him to state the final fate of Tommy DeSimone.

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It was time for Tommy ­DeSimone to die.

The mobster — famously portrayed by Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas” — killed two made men, tried to rape the wife of his gangster pal Henry Hill and stupidly lifted his ski mask during 1978’s historic $6 million Lufthansa heist.

So John Gotti took care of it — personally.

The handsome capo used a silencer-equipped Colt .38 to shoot DeSimone three times in the skull in January 1979 in the basement of an Italian restaurant on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, says an upcoming book, “The Lufthansa Heist,” written by Hill and journalist Daniel Simone.

To read more on The New York Post:

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* Art imitates Life: Henry Hill And The Real-Life Goodfellas: The True Story

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* Sopranos twenty years later 

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