Legendary actor Ray Liotta has passed away at 67. According to his publicist, Jennifer Allen, the icon died in his sleep while filming "Dangerous Waters" in the Dominican Republic.
Hollywood is mourning the loss of Liotta, who was most known for his role as mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas," the critically-acclaimed film that paved the way for today's gangster films.
During his four-decade career, Liotta gained prominence for his roles in mafia movies such as "Cop Land," "Killing Them Softly," and "Something Wild." With his death, he left behind his ex-wife Michelle Grace, their daughter Karsen, 23, and his fiancée Jay Nittolo.
Ray Liotta discusses "Marriage Story" with the Build Series at Build Studio on November 8, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
WHO IS RAY LIOTTA’S JACY NITTOLO?
There is little information about Nittolo, but according to her Instagram and Facebook accounts, she is 47. She was born on September 25, 1974, and raised in Southern California.
Now living in Malibu, Nittolo has four children from a previous relationship: sons Dax, 24, Chazz, 22, Joey, 11, and a 19-year- old daughter, Jade. The mom of four has a close relationship with the late actor's daughter.
Although it is unclear whether Nittolo is still employed, she held a managerial position in 2017. A photo showed her enjoying a Christmas party with her employees while wearing matching holiday sweaters.
HOW DID JACY NITTOLO MEET RAY LIOTTA
The former couple's children played a huge role in their dating life. Liotta revealed that Karsen met one of Nittolo's sons at a party. Liotta's daughter then asked Nittolo to go out on a date with her famous dad.
Nittolo and her late fiancé were first spotted together in 2019. On Instagram, Nittolo posted a fantastic photo of her and the late actor holding a cigar up to her mouth.
Ray Liotta and daughter Karsen attend the "Marriage Story" premiere, as part of the BFI London Film Festival, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on October 7, 2019. | Source: Getty Images
WHEN DID JACY AND RAY GET ENGAGED?
In December 2020, the late actor announced his engagement on his Instagram with a photo of Nittolo leaning on him and showing her a beautiful ring. Liotta gushed:
"Christmas wishes do come true. I asked the love of my life to marry me, and thank God she said yes!!!"
WAS JACY NITTOLO WITH RAY LIOTTA WHEN HE DIED
Sadly, Liotta's wish to marry Nittolo did not come true after the veteran actor died in his sleep while at the Dominic Republic shooting for "Dangerous Waters" film.
Nittolo has not yet commented on the news of Liotta's unexpected death. Before his death, the "Wild Hogs" actor spent quality time with Nittolo on May 1, 2022.
The couple dined at Spruzzo Italian restaurant and held hands together in public. Both appeared in good spirits as they strolled around Palisades, California.
Besides "Dangerous Waters," Liotta is set to star in another film, "Cocaine Bear." The late actor posted about his forthcoming movie on February 2023. It was his final social media post before his death.
Several actors paid tribute to Liotta on social media following his death. Lorraine Bracco, who played Liotta's wife Karen Hill in "Goodfellas," said she was "utterly shattered" about his former co-star's death.
Rosanna Arquette and Jamie Lee Curtis mourned Liotta's sudden passing, with Curtis describing the late star as a "gentleman. Jeffrey Wright noted Liotta as a "great actor."