Ray Liotta passed away in his sleep at the age of 67

by Susan Ryant

This news was shocking. Ray Liotta passed away late Wednesday or early Thursday. He passed away in his sleep, that’s why no one is sure. He was vacationing in the Dominican Republic with his fiancee Jacy Nittolo. He is survived by Jacy and his 23-year-old daughter Karsen, from his first marriage. He was 67 years old.

Liotta’s most beloved and recognizable roles were arguably all of the mobsters, crooked cops and gangsters he played throughout his career. He was often typecast as a guy with secrets, a shady guy, a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, a dangerous-yet-unsettlingly sexy guy. But I remember reading an interview with him years ago, where he was basically publicly pleading with producers to send him some comedy scripts and lighter fare. Some of his most famous roles: Ray Sinclair in Something Wild, Henry Hill in Goodfellas, Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams, Paul Krendler in Hannibal, Big Papa in Muppets Most Wanted, Jay Marotta in Marriage Story. By all accounts, he was a lovely man, a mensch, a great coworker and a friendly, normal person.

Liotta’s costars, friends, colleagues and coworkers are all devastated. Here are some of their statements.

Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s passing. While he leaves an incredible legacy, he’ll always be “Shoeless Joe Jackson” in my heart. What happened that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray. pic.twitter.com/JQmk1PsuSK

— Kevin Costner MW (@modernwest) May 26, 2022

I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world people will come up tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta. pic.twitter.com/3gNjJFTAne

— Lorraine Bracco (@Lorraine_Bracco) May 26, 2022

Ray was my partner in crime on Shades of Blue … the first thing that comes to mind is he so was kind to my children. Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside … I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella. 1/5 pic.twitter.com/IDbOBPNydY

— jlo (@JLo) May 26, 2022

I can’t believe Ray Liotta has passed away. He was such a lovely, talented and hilarious person. Working with him was one of the great joys of my career and we made some of my favorite scenes I ever got to be in. A true legend of immense skill and grace.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 26, 2022

We will never forget the great times we had working with our friend Ray Liotta on Muppets From Space and Muppets Most Wanted. A tough guy on screen, Ray was one of the sweetest, funniest souls we’ve ever known. Rest in Peace, Ray.

— The Muppets (@TheMuppets) May 26, 2022

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138315, Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta film scenes for their upcoming police drama ‘Shades of Blue’ Manhattan’s Washington Heights Neighborhood. New York, New York – Monday June 8, 2015. Photograph: LGjr-RG, © PacificCoastNews.,Image: 504758052, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – DIRECT SALES ONLY – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@photoshot.com London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Los Angeles: +1 (310) 822 0419 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: LGjr-RG, PacificCoastNews / Avalon 162496, Ray Liotta at the season 2 premiere of ‘Shades Of Blue’ hosted by NBC at The Roxy. New York City, New York – Wednesday March 1, 2017. Photograph: © Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office (PCN): +1 310.822.0419 UK Office (Photoshot): +44 (0) 20 7421 6000,Image: 508004827, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – DIRECT SALES ONLY- Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@avalon.red London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Los Angeles: +1 (310) 822 0419 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews / Avalon RAY LIOTTA AT THE DRESS REHEARSAL PERFORMANCE OF PATTI LUPONE AND KRISTEN CHENOWETH IN ‘CANDIDE.’ AVERY FISHER HALL. NEW YORK CITY. 04 MAY 2004. PICTURES /,Image: 537453386, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: WORLD RIGHTS – Fee Payable Upon Reproduction – For queries contact Photoshot – sales@photoshot.com London: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 Florida: +1 239 689 1883 Berlin: +49 (0) 30 76 212 251, Model Release: no, Credit line: Kristin Callahan / Avalon Ray Liotta, Jacy Nittolo arrives at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held on the beach in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, February 8, 2020 © Howard Wise/jpistudios.com,Image: 563408039, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit line: jpistudios.com / JPI Studios / Avalon NEWPORT BEACH, ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA – OCTOBER 24: Actor Ray Liotta arrives at the 22nd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival – Festival Honors And Variety’s 10 Actors To Watch held at The Balboa Bay Club And Resort on October 24, 2021 in Newport Beach, Orange County, California, United States.,Image: 639645118, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Pictured: Ray Liotta, Credit line: Xavier Collin / Image Press Agency / Avalon