Goodfella actor Ray Liotta’s body will be flown back to Los Angeles from the Dominican Republic for his funeral service
The 67-year-old Hollywood icon tragically died while he was asleep in the Dominican Republic on May 26.
Ray was abroad filming his latest movie, Dangerous Waters with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo on location with him when he passed away.
The Dominican funeral home where Liotta’s body has been held is said to have made arrangements to transport him back to LA via private plane at his family’s request.
Sources told the Daily Mail they had initially planned to send the late actor back last Monday but due to the challenges of getting a body through customs using a commercial flight on a weekend, the family arranged a private jet.
There were no signs of foul play or anything suspicious about the death, TMZ reported.
Ray’s fiancé Jacy, 47, last week described Ray as “the most beautiful person inside and out” in a touching tribute.
Alongside a selection of photos of the couple, she wrote: “My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical.
“Ray and I share a deep love that I will cherish in my heart forever.
“We laughed daily and we were inseparable. The chemistry was wild in the best way.
“He was everything in the world to me and we couldn’t get enough of each other. The kind of real love that one dreams of.
“He was the most beautiful person inside and out that I’ve ever known…and even that is an understatement.”
Liotta found fame playing ex-con Ray Sinclair in 1986 black comedy Something Wild, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
He went on to star as Shoeless Joe Jackson in the 1989 film Field Of Dreams and is best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in Goodfellas, opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and directed by Martin Scorsese.
In recent years Liotta appeared in Marriage Story and No Sudden Move and starred alongside Taron Egerton in the forthcoming Apple TV series Black Bird.
In 2021 he starred in The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints Of Newark, after turning down a role in the original series.
Liotta recently finished filming Cocaine Bear, a film directed by Elizabeth Banks which is to be released in February next year.
The New Jersey-born actor was also reportedly due to star in The Substance alongside Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley.
Liotta leaves a daughter, Karsen, whose mother is his ex-wife, Michelle Grace.