Ray Liotta’s fiancee Jacy Nittolo has remembered the ‘deep love’ and ‘wild’ chemistry she shared with the late actor in a touching tribute posted to her Instagram account days after his passing at age 67.
‘My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical,’ Jacy posted to her Instagram account.
‘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.’
Nittolo and Liotta got engaged in December 2020, after being introduced by their children.
Liotta, who passed away in his sleep in a hotel in the Dominican Republic, is best remembered for his work on the big screen and his dominance of the mob movie genre, behind the scenes, his life was as dramatic and, at times, tragic, as many of the characters he portrayed.
‘He was everything in the world to me’: Ray Liotta’s fiancee Jacy Nittolo has remembered the ‘deep love’ and ‘wild’ chemistry she shared with the late actor in a touching tribute posted to her Instagram account days after his passing at age 67
Two nights before he died, Liotta was pictured dining with Nittolo at an upscale steakhouse in the Dominican Republic.
‘We were fortunate to host Ray for dinner on Tuesday night,’ wrote the owners of Naca’n on social media.
‘He was a special person and talented actor that will be missed – your friends at Naca’n will remember you fondly – #RestinPeace.’
Naca’n shared a photo of the couple at the establishment on Tuesday after they ate.
‘Mr Ray Liotta joined us for dinner with friends,’ the caption read.
‘We had a nice chat about the history of our building and our business. Very friendly and generous gentleman. #Nacan #NacanLikes #FineDining #goodfellas.’
Liotta and Nittolo are pictured enjoying a meal at a steakhouse together in the Dominican Republic just two days before the actor’s sudden death
Liotta is father to 23-year-old Karsen, who was born while he was married to actress and producer Michelle Grace, from 1997 to 2004.
Nittolo has four children with ex-husband Joey, a film producer who made Vin Diesel’s A Man Apart in 2003.
She frequently posts images of her son Dax, 24; son Chazz, 22; daughter Jade, 19; and son Joey, 11.
Liotta in September 2021 told Live with Kelly and Ryan that Karsen was at a party, and met Chazz.
Karsen and Chazz decided to set their parents up.
Liotta said that when Nittolo found out who he was, she said: ‘Wait a second though, isn’t he, like, in his 60s? I’m in my 40s.’
He added: ‘But the buzz-kill for me was she also had a 10-year-old. When you’re in your 60s, the last thing that you want is a 10-year-old. Luckily this kid is very cool!’
The couple started dating in 2020, and in February of that year made their red carpet debut, at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Liotta won the ensemble Robert Altman award alongside his Marriage Story cast mates Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver and Laura Dern.
Liotta said the lockdown brought them closer.
‘It brought us really, really close, to the point now where I’m engaged,’ he told People last year.
Liotta announced the news on his Instagram, writing: ‘Christmas wishes do come true. I asked the love of my life to marry me, and thank God she said yes!!!’
His fiancee is Italian-American and started working as a hairstylist when she was 16 years old, according to The Sun.
She dreamed of owning the studio, and Joey bought her the studio when they married.
In December 2017, she posted a photo showing her and her staff in Christmas sweaters, doing shots at a bar during their festive celebration.
Liotta and Nittolo, at the time of his death, were staying at the luxurious five-star Casas del VXI resort on the island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with the neighboring nation of Haiti.
The resort is a collection of individual houses and rooms in the capital of Santo Domingo, some of which date back to the 16th century – making them some of the oldest in the city’s historical quarter.
Rooms offer butler and concierge service as standard, and boast of enhanced security and privacy measures for guests. Beds start around $300 per night, but the standout feature are the individual houses which come equipped with private pools, patios and dining rooms – with prices only available on inquiry.
Liotta and Nittolo were at the hotel while he was filming a new movie Dangerous Waters – about a sailing-holiday gone awry when a daughter discovers the haunting past of her mother’s new boyfriend – when he passed away in his sleep.
Medics were called to the resort but were unable to save him, with his body now taken for a post-mortem. There is no indication yet of his cause of death, but also no suspicion of foul play.
It is thought Liotta had been suffering from poor health when he visited Los Angeles in March, where those who saw him checking into the Beverley Hills Hotel saying he was ‘slow and steady’ on his feet, ‘noticeably pale’ and required help to put on his jacket.
But he looked healthier in pictures taken at the start of this month as he strolled through Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles with his fiancee.
Liotta was known to be a smoker, but had started appearing in adverts for Chantix – a stop-smoking medication – telling viewers: ‘I tried to quit smoking for years on my own. I couldn’t do it. I needed help.’
Ray Liotta is believed to have been staying at the five-star Casas del VXI resort in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo when he passed away in his sleep on Thursday (pictured, one of the resort’s rooms)
The hotel’s rooms start around $300 per night for a room, but the standout accommodation is the individual houses (pictured) which feature private pools and dining rooms, and whose prices are only available on request
Casas del VXI is located in the Zona Colonial – the oldest part of the Dominican Republic’s capital, dating back to the 16th century – with some of the houses preserved from that period
Butler and concierge service is offered with the hotel rooms as standard, and the resort boasts of enhanced privacy and security measures for their guests (pictured above, one of the private house pools)
Deadline reported the star passed away in his sleep and TMZ claimed there was no foul play suspected.
His publicist Jennifer Allen, from Viewpoint, said the actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming Dangerous Waters. Nittolo was on location at the time of his death.
A spokesman for the Dominican Republic’s General Direction of Cinema said: ‘We understand that he was accompanied by his wife and that the wife asks that you please respect her grief.’
A source who saw the actor in March told DailyMail.com how he looked frail and moved carefully.
They said: ‘Ray looked slow and unsteady on his feet. He was noticeably pale and needed help from the valet putting on his jacket. His fiancée was carrying all the bags to help him out.’
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
The actor appeared to shy away from his fame in the 1990s and kept a low profile but a resurgence in more recent years. Pictured: Goodfellas
His sudden death shocked fans as he was embarking on a huge resurgence in his career recent years, with him staring alongside Taron Egerton in Black Bird later this year.
He also featured in The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story and No Sudden Move in more recent years as his acting took off again.
But he was best known for his incredible performance in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster classic Goodfellas, where he played Henry Hill while De Niro, 78, took on the role of Jimmy Conway.
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.’