Giovanni Luchese was a criminal under the employ of the kingpin Black Mask, real name Roman Sionis, as well as his body double. He was murdered by the Joker, a new criminal mastermind.
Details on Giovanni's life prior to working under Roman Sionis are unknown, although he had undergone outstanding warrants of assault and assault with a deadly weapon.
After a new criminal mastermind known as the Joker managed to break into one of Roman Sionis/Black Mask's safehouses and abduct Sionis' girlfriend, Tiffany Ambrose, Roman Sionis, who was long afflicted with paranoia, had Giovanni Luchese, one of his trusted henchmen, pose as Black Mask to distract the Joker while Sionis himself ambushed him from a window behind him. Unfortunately for Luchese, the Joker had already deduced he was not actually Sionis (whom he needed alive so he could steal laundered money from the Gotham Merchants Bank, since it had safeguards that only Sionis himself could bypass), and managed to kill him while leaning back on a chair by shooting him straight through the heart. He was 31 at the time of his death.