The Emmy Award-winning entertainer passed on in his rest in the Dominican Republic,

PEOPLE affirmed Thursday. He was locked in to life partner Jacy Nittolo,

and he was father to little girl Karsen, 23, with ex Michelle Grace.

Liotta is likely most popular for playing genuine mobster Henry Hill in the 1990 Oscar-winning work of art.

Broadly viewed as probably the best film ever,

the hoodlum epic got six Academy Award designations and one win.

Scorsese, 79, recalled the entertainer in a moving proclamation to PEOPLE Thursday,

saying, "I'm totally stunned and crushed by the unexpected,

startling passing of Ray Liotta. He was so particularly gifted,

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