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In The Godfather: Part II, Willie Cicci, played by Joe Spinelli, testifies that Michael Corleone was involved in organised crime and the head of the Corleone family: "Oh yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers!"

He isn't seen again in the film. What happened to Cicci? Would he have gone into witness protection, jail or have been murdered?

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Did any of these answers suit you? –  Andrew Martin Dec 3 at 14:03

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I read in an interview with Francis Ford Coppola that Willi Cicci was to appear in The Godfather Part 3 in the role that in the end went to the character Joey Zasa, but the actor died just prior to filming, which I find strange seeing as Cicci testified against the family in GF part 2.

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Interesting fact. I'd upvote it if you had a source or link to the interview... –  CGCampbell Jul 10 at 22:46

After the Mafia Hearings, Cicci was sentenced to prison for admitting crimes he committed in the past. Whether he died in prison or was killed for breaking the omertà is unclear.

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How do you know this? It is not shown in the film. If you are stating this based on a novel, please link or state the source of the information. –  CGCampbell Jul 10 at 22:45

Few scenes after he testified in court, he cut open his veins in protective custody after a visit by Tom Hagen.

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I think you are referring to Frankie Pentangeli (the one who withdraw his testimony when his brother was brought over from Sicily). At least he's the one whom Tom visits in prison and implies that cutting open his veins would be an honorable solution. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 10 at 17:16
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You have mixed up the characters. The suicide was Frank Pentangeli. –  wbogacz Feb 10 at 17:17

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