John Connolly, journalist who investigated Jeffrey Epstein, dead at 78

Hard-hitting investigative journalist and former NYPD detective John Connolly passed away on Saturday at 78.

The cop-turned-scribe was known among media insiders for his unending Rolodex, and a unique ability to mix among Hollywood execs and stars, Wall Street rainmakers, pols, police and wiseguys alike.

Connolly was a co-author with James Patterson of the 2017 book “Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein — The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal,” which was turned into a Netflix series.