GOODFELLAS star Ray Liotta died, leaving behind his fiancée, Jaycee Nittolo.
The couple began dating during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and got engaged on Christmas that year.
Who is Jaycee Nittolo?
Jaycee Nittolo, 46, Italian-American, started working as a hairdresser when she was 16 years old.
She dreamed of owning a studio and when she married her ex-husband, film producer Joey Nittolo, he bought her a hair salon, however it is not clear if she still works as a hairdresser.
Together with her ex-husband, Nittolo has four children: Dax, Chazz, Joey and Jade, all of whom live with her in their Malibu home.
Although Nittolo has a happy family life with her four children, her childhood was filled with tragedy.
In September 1995, her father and uncle were convicted of hiring two hit men, Steve and Robert Khomik, to kill their parents.
Her father died in prison in 2014.
Then in 2000, her brother was in a car accident that caused severe brain damage.
In 2018, she posted a 1978 flashback photo of herself and her brother, along with photographs of him growing up, fully functioning and with family.
She wrote: “Serious brain damage from a car accident that was not his fault. 10 weeks in a coma, 2 brain surgeries later, months in a Northridge hospital, years of every form of physical therapy imaginable, and a family that’s been through enough shit to know never to lose hope no matter what. what. .
“He is a true testament to how we roll… no matter what they say… we will survive and come out ahead and he did. Married, great family, and the life most people dream of.”
How did Jaycee Nittolo and Ray Liotta meet?
The couple were introduced by Liotta Carsen’s 23-year-old daughter, whom he shares with his ex-wife Michelle Grace.
Carsen was at a party when she met Liotta’s son and they decided to introduce their parents.
In an interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan in September 2021, Liotta said that when Nittolo found out who he was, she said, “Wait a second, isn’t he in his 60s? I’m over 40.”
He added: “But it killed me that she also had a 10-year-old child. When you’re in your 60s, the last thing you want is a 10 year old. Fortunately, this child is very cool. !”
The couple started dating in 2020 and Liotta said the isolation has brought them closer.
Liotta said PEOPLE in December 2021, he was lucky enough to meet someone during the pandemic, adding: “It brought us very, very close and now I’m engaged.”
They got engaged on Christmas Day 2020 and Liotta announced it on his Instagram, writing: “Christmas wishes come true. I asked the love of my life to marry me and thank God she agreed!!!”
When did Ray Liotta die?
Liotta passed away in his sleep on May 26, 2022 while in the Dominican Republic working on his new film Dangerous Waters.
He was 67 when he died and Nittolo was with him on the island. According to his publicist, there is no suspicion of foul play.
Liotta was known for his role as Henry Hill on The Goodfellas alongside Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro.
In a statement, De Niro said: “I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. He is too young to leave us. May he rest in peace.”
Pesci said in an email NBC News“God is a nice guy, and so is Ray.”
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