Goodfellas star Ray Liotta’s cause of death released a year after he died aged 67
Ray Liotta’s cause of death has been revealed nearly a year after he died in May 2022 at the age of 67.
The actor, best known for his leading role in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 crime classic Goodfellas, was shooting a new film, Dangerous Waters, in the Dominican Republic when he died in his sleep.
Officials have now released that Liotta’s cause of death was due to heart and respiratory system issues.
According to documents, obtained by TMZ, his death was categorised as natural and non-violent, specifically citing respiratory insufficiency due to pulmonary oedema – fluid in his lungs and acute heart failure.
The documents additionally said he suffered from atherosclerosis, which John Hopkins Medicine describes as the thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner artery’s lining.
His movie career spanned five decades. As well as his acclaimed turn in Goodfellas, Liotta also enjoyed celebrated performances in films including Cop Land and Field of Dreams.
In recent years, he had undergone a resurgence in popularity, appearing in projects such as the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark – in which he played two roles – and the Noah Baumbach film Marriage Story
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