Former Drug Lord Frank Lucas, Portrayed by Denzel Washington in 'American Gangster,' Dies at 88

Ridley Scott's 2007 film 'American Gangster', starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, was based on Lucas' life.


Frank Lucas, a former drug trafficker who operated in Harlem during the 1960s and 1970s, has died. He was 88.

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington portrayed Lucas in the 2007 film American Gangster, which depicted fictionalized elements of Lucas' life.

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"Frank Lucas, the former heroin dealer and drug kingpin whose life became the subject of Ridley Scott's “American Gangster,” died Thursday."

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