Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington in “American Gangster,” dead at age 88-

One of the main figures in the destruction of Harlem and the African American community has passed on to Hades to rest with the souls he vanquished with his poison.

Farewell My Friend

Legendary Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, whose reign atop one of the country’s most lucrative heroin empires became fodder for the hit 2007 film “American Gangster,” died of natural causes in New Jersey.

The 88-year-old Lucas passed away Thursday, according to a relative’s Instagram post. Lucas, who eventually flipped and became a government witness, was memorably portrayed in the film by Denzel Washington.

The North Carolina native became a flamboyant Harlem figure after coming north — spending his drug fortune on fur coats, expensive homes and luxury cars. He famously donned a $100,000 a chinchilla coat with a matching $25,000 hat to attend the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971.



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