Ray Liotta’s cause of death was finally uncovered. The Goodfellas actor was found dead at 67 in May 2022 while filming Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic and died of heart and respiratory issues. Per documents cited by TMZ, the star died of pulmonary edema, respiratory insufficiency, and acute heart failure. He also suffered from atherosclerosis, a condition that results in a buildup of substances on artery walls.
Ray Liotta’s Cause of Death Uncovered: What Really Happened
The Goodfellas star was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 18th, 1954 and grew up with his sister Linda and their adoptive parents Mary Edgar and Alfred Liotta. His father worked as a store owner, personnel director, and Democratic Party club president while his mother was a township clerk. Ray was adopted as an infant and his family remained close throughout his life.
Despite his success, Liotta was still very much a down-to-earth guy who loved spending time with his family and friends. He often spoke about his love for his wife and daughter and was a proud father.
The American actor started his career with a guest role on the soap opera Another World before becoming a regular on the show for over two years. He then got his big break with a leading role in the 1986 comedy crime drama Something Wild, which earned him the attention of Hollywood.
A beautiful soul with a fulfilled career
In his early career, Liotta continued to play mostly nice characters but soon switched things up and landed several hard-boiled roles. In addition to his acting career, Liotta made a name for himself as a producer. He directed a number of movies, including Marriage Story and The Many Saints of Newark.
In his final years, the actor was worked on Cocaine Bear, an adaptation of a true story about a bear found next to a duffel bag filled with cocaine. The film stars Eric Dane, Odeya Rush, and Saffron Burrows and is currently streaming on Peacock.
Ray Liotta was a talented and beloved actor. He left quite the impression on his fans world wide. His death was a tragedy that took him far too soon. Hopefully, the findings of his autopsy will bring peace to his family and help them heal. Rest in peace, Ray.