'Goodfellas' Star Paul Sorvino Dead at 83

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Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images
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Paul Sorvino, perhaps best known for playing Mafia don Pail Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster classic Goodfellas, has died at the age of 83.

The Associated Press reports Sorvino’s publicist said the legendary actor, who portrayed the NYPD sergeant Phil Cerreta in Seasons 2 and 3 of Law & Order, died Monday morning of natural causes at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sorvino’s wife Dee Dee confirmed the news via Instagram. “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage,” she captioned a photo of them together.

Sorvino’s daughter, Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), took to Twitter on Monday to share a tribute to her father, writing, “My heart is rent asunder—a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”

Sorvino’s death comes just two months after fellow Goodfellas star Ray Liotta passed away in May at the age of 67. Earlier this month, Sopranos actor Tony Sirico, who also had a small part in Goodfellas, died at the age of 79.