DEAD: Danny Aiello (aged 86)
Daniel Louis Aiello Jr. (/aɪˈɛloʊ/; June 20, 1933 – December 12, 2019) was an American actor who appeared in numerous motion pictures, including The Godfather Part II (1974), The Front (1976), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Moonstruck (1987), Harlem Nights (1989), Hudson Hawk (1991), Ruby (1992), Léon: The Professional (1994), 2 Days in the Valley (1996), Dinner Rush (2000), and Lucky Number Slevin (2006). He had a pivotal role in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing (1989) as Salvatore “Sal” Frangione, earning a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played Don Domenico Clericuzio in the miniseries The Last Don (1997).
DEATH: Danny Aiello Jr. died on December 12, 2019, at the age of 86 at a hospital in New Jersey. Family sources state that Aiello passed away at a medical facility in New Jersey where he was being treated for a sudden illness. He reportedly suffered an infection related to his treatment for this illness. Aiellos’s family visited him Thursday, and it is reported that he died shortly after they left that evening.