Nittolo shared a slideshow of photos of the pair over the years on Instagram on Saturday. The couple posed back-to-back in the kitchen in the first snap, with Nittolo’s eyes closed as Liotta kissed her cheek.
She wrote a heartfelt statement in the caption, remembering her fiancé and their time together. “My life these past couple of years has been nothing but genuinely beautiful,” Nittolo wrote about their relationship in a blog post.
“Ray and I have a profound love that I will always treasure in my heart,” she said in the caption. “We were inseparable and had everyday laughs.” In a good way, the chemistry was insane. We couldn’t get enough of each other, and he was everything to me. “It’s the kind of true love one fantasizes about.”
“And even that is an understatement,” Nittolo said at the end of her message, describing Liotta as the “most gorgeous person inside and out” she’d ever met.
In a phone call to NBC News this week, Liotta’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his death.
At the time of his death, the actor was in the Dominican Republic shooting a film called “Dangerous Waters.” According to Allen, there is no evidence of foul play, and Liotta’s death was not suspicious.
On the island, Nittolo was filming with Liotta.
Celebrities and co-stars alike, including his old “Goodfellas” co-stars, have paid tribute to Liotta on social media since the news of his death surfaced. Following their beloved co-passing stars earlier this week, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco, as well as the film’s director, Martin Scorsese, all issued statements.
De Niro said in a statement received by NBC News that he was “extremely grieved” to learn of Ray’s death. “He was much too young to leave us.” “Rest in Peace, my friend.”
“God is a Goodfella, and so is Ray,” Pesci told NBC News.
“The tragic, unexpected loss of Ray Liotta has completely stunned and upset me,” remarked Scorsese. “As an actor, he was incredibly skilled, daring, and brave.”
On Twitter, Bracco issued her own message, along with a photo of herself and Liotta. She expressed her grief in the note, saying she was “utterly crushed” by his death.
“People will come up to me wherever in the world and tell me their favorite film is Goodfellas,” she wrote. “Then they always want to know what the most enjoyable aspect of filming the film was. I’ve always had the same response… “Ray Liotta” is a fictional character created by Ray Liotta
Jennifer Lopez, who co-starred in “Shades of Blue” with Liotta, paid tribute to the late actor on Instagram with various photographs of the two. Lopez alluded to Liotta as her “partner in crime” on the show in a lengthy comment, noting how the actor was “very sweet” to her two children, Emme and Maximilian, 14-year-old twins.
“Ray was the epitome of a strong person on the inside who was all soft…” “I suppose that’s why he’s such a captivating actor to watch,” she wrote. “This is the first Goodfellas movie. Those three years on set were plenty with exciting situations! I was ecstatic when I learned he had accepted the role on Shades of Blue, and there was an electric spark and mutual respect between us the first time we went on set to shoot our first scene together, and we both knew it was going to be good.”
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Lopez claimed she was “fortunate” to have Liotta as a scene partner from whom she could “learn.”
“He was complicated, sincere, honest, and so extremely emotional, like many artists,” she added. “He was very approachable and in touch with his acting as a raw nerve, and I will always remember our time together fondly.”
“We lost a fantastic today…,” Lopez concluded her sad speech. RAY, YOU WILL BE MISSED… It’s heartbreaking to lose you so quickly… I’ll keep you in my thoughts forever.”
The actress also expressed her sympathies to Liotta’s family and loved ones, especially his 23-year-old daughter, Karsen Liotta, whom he shared with his ex-wife, Michelle Grace.