Notorious Harlem drug queen Frank Lucas played by Denzel Washington in the movie American Gangster and who dominated the heroin trade The NYC & 70s died at the age of 88 after a long illness
- Frank Lucas died in New Jersey on Thursday at the age of 88
- He was on his way to the hospital due to a health risk and died en route
- Father-of-seven was a drug queen in the 60s and 70s and was convicted twice
- Lucas has notoriously sold his Blue Magic heroin on the streets of New York
- He claimed that he had smuggled drugs from Asia into the crates of dead American soldiers
The notorious drug boxing pin that inspired the American movie star Gangster died at 88.
Frank Lucas died Thursday on the way to the hospital in New Jersey, TMZ reported.
He was transported that evening because of a health problem, but never made it.
Lucas died of natural causes, his cousin Aldwan Lassiter confirmed Rolling stone.
Frank Lucas died on Thursday in New Jersey at the age of 88. It is shown in June 2010
Frank Lucas is wearing a $ 50,000 full length chinchilla fur coat during his heyday as a drug chinpin
Lucas is survived by his seven children.
At one point, he and his wife Julianna Farrait-Rodriguez were referred to as the black Bonnie and Clyde & # 39; because we've always been together & # 39 ;, she said The voice newspaper.
The homecoming queen born in Puerto Rico was imprisoned for being involved in drug trafficking and they split when she came out, but reconciled in 2006.
His death comes at least 50 years after he became known as drugs in the streets of New York.
During the 60s and 70s, Lucas claimed he had the best heroin in Harlem and named his Blue Magic because it was 10 percent pure compared to the regular 5 percent.
Lucas is said to have acted to top politicians, business people and people in the Hollywood film industry. He later boasted that he wanted to take to the streets with his heroin around 4 pm & noon, when the police made a two-hour switch.
He claimed that if heroin was sold out, he would have it for twenty-two million dollars.
Lucas is survived by his seven children. He poses with his wife Julie and son Ray in New York. He and his family testified after he was arrested in 1975 for trade
Lucas died on Thursday night on the way to the hospital in New York. He is portrayed at the November 2008 Big Apple convention in Manhattan, one year after a movie he inspired was released
Denzel Washington played the character Lucas inspired in 2007 & # 39; s American Gangster
The man born in North Carolina spent much of his time in the Big Apple at the height of his fame and had additional setups in Chicago, Miami, Detroit and even Puerto Rico.
But his downfall came in 1975 when the DEA raided his New Jersey home and discovered more than $ 584,000 in cash. His assets were seized and he was later sentenced to 70 years in prison after being convicted of violations of federal and state drugs.
At the time of his persecution, Lucas informed investigators about others who were getting into trouble.
He and his family have witnessed protection.
After having spent five years behind bars, his sentence was reduced to the time he had already served, but after his outing he was soon convicted of drug charges.
Lucas – the lifelong early release after his earlier conviction – was locked up for seven years until 1991.
Lucas claimed to have used the coffins of dead American soldiers to smuggle drugs from Southeast Asia.
& # 39; Who the hell will have to look in the casket of a dead soldier, & # 39; Lucas told the New York Times in 2000, claiming that someone made copies of the government crates, repaired them with false bottoms, and loaded 6-8 kg of heroin.
He claimed that he only survived the streets because & # 39; people love me & # 39 ;.
His assets were seized and he was later sentenced to 70 years in prison after being convicted of violations of federal and state drugs. He was released after five years but was arrested again for drug use and detained until 1991
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