Ray Liotta’s fiancée Jacy Nittolo shared a moving tribute to the late actor on social media following his death at age 67 on Thursday.
On Saturday, Nittolo reflected on her and the “Goodfellas” star’s “truly magical” time together in an emotional post on Instagram.
“My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical,” she wrote in the caption. “Ray and I share a deep love that I will cherish in my heart forever.”
Alongside sweet photos of the couple sharing kisses and enjoying time with family, the hairstylist described herself and Liotta as an “inseparable” pair who “laughed daily” together. She also noted that their “chemistry was wild in the best way.”
“He was everything in the world to me and we couldn’t get enough of each other,” Nittolo continued. “The kind of real love that one dreams of.”
Nittolo remembered Liotta as “the most beautiful person inside and out that I’ve ever known.”
Just two days before his sudden death, the actor and his fiancée were photographed enjoying a fancy meal at the steakhouse Naca’n Restaurant in the Dominican Republic.
“We were fortunate to host Ray for dinner on Tuesday night,” the restaurant shared on Instagram. “He was a special person and talented actor who will be missed. Your friends at Naca’n will remember you fondly. #RestinPeace.”
Liotta was in the Dominican Republic to film a new movie titled “Dangerous Waters” when he died in his sleep, according to his publicist Jennifer Allen. Nittolo, 47, was with him during the trip. No foul play was suspected, TMZ reported.
Liotta and Nittolo were both divorced when they met. They went public with their novel in early 2020. They made their red carpet debut at the Film Independent Spirit Awards for their critically acclaimed film “Marriage Story,” which was nominated in several categories in February of that year, Us Weekly reported.
He proposed to Nittolo in December 2021.
Liotta became a household name after starring in Kevin Costner’s “Field of Dreams” in 1989, playing the role of Shoeless Joe Jackson. He experienced a resurgence in his Hollywood career in the past three years after appearing in “Marriage Story” in 2019 and in two other films in 2021, “The Many Saints of Newark” and “No Sudden Move,” Page Six reported.
Tributes from Liotta’s former co-stars and colleagues in Hollywood have poured in since his passing.
“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 at that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray,” Costner tweeted Thursday.
Jennifer Lopez, who co-starred with Liotta in the series “Shades of Blue” from 2016 to 2018, shared on Instagram a throwback photo with the actor and accompanied it with a lengthy caption detailing her fond memories of him.
“Ray was my partner in crime on ‘Shades of Blue’… the first thing that comes to mind is he was so kind to my children,” Lopez wrote. “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.”
Liotta is survived by Nittolo, her four kids and his daughter Karsen, 23, whom he shared with ex-wife Michelle Grace.