Goodfellas star Ray Liotta has died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic at the age of 67 where he was filming Dangerous Waters.
The legendary gangster actor passed away on the Caribbean island halfway through recording the movie about a sailing holiday spiralling out of control.
It is not yet clear what he died of or when but there is understood to be no suspicion of foul play. He leaves behind his fiance Jacy Nittolo as well as his daughter Karsen.
Tributes flooded in for the beloved film star, with fellow actors, celebrities and politicians all paying their respects to him on Thursday afternoon.
Liotta’s sudden death shocked fans as he embarked on a huge resurgence in recent years, staring alongside up and coming thespians such as Taron Egerton.
But he was perhaps best known for his incredible performance in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas, where he played Henry Hill while Robert De Niro took on the role of Jimmy Conway.
He also featured in The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story and No Sudden Move in more recent years.
Deadline reported the star passed away in his sleep but did not say when or how but TMZ claimed there was no foul play suspected.
Nittolo, a mother of four who he got engaged to in December 2020, was said to be with the film star while Dangerous Waters was being recorded.
The actor most recently spoke on social media in an Instagram post three weeks ago where he plugged his new movie Cocaine Bear.
He wrote: ‘Cocaine Bear follows an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of the white powder and goes on a coke-fueled rampage seeking more blow — and blood.’
Liotta was born in New Jersey in 1954 but was abandoned by his mother at an orphanage before being adopted six months later.
He stayed in the state but later moved to New York and then Los Angeles as he followed his dream of acting when he hit adulthood.
The rising star first appeared in The Lonely Lady in 1983 but became better known through the movie Something Wild three years later.
Such was his success in the role he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor prize at the Golden Globes that year.
But Liotta rocketed to stardom and became a household name across the globe for Goodfellas, in which he played a crook called Henry Hill who got in with the Italian-American mafia.
Yet the actor appeared to shy away from his fame in the 1990s and kept a low profile but a resurgence in more recent years.