‘Do The Right Thing’ Actor Danny Aiello Dead At 86: Public Memorial Service Will Be Held

Hollywood is mourning the loss of Danny Aiello.

The Oscar-nominated “Do the Right Thing” actor died Thursday night at the age of 86, Deadline reported.

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Aiello, who had also starred in films like “The Godfather Part II” and “Moonstruck”, passed away after being taken to a New Jersey medical facility following a sudden illness.

“It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor, and musician passed away last night after a brief illness,” a spokesperson told ET. “The family asks for privacy at this time. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.”

A rep later confirmed that a service for the actor will be open to the public and held on Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m at The Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, NYC.

The actor had his breakout in the 1973 film “Bang the Drum Slowly”, and went on to star in a number of films by Woody Allen, as well as notable roles in “Once Upon a Time in America”, “Hudson Hawk”, and “Léon: The Professional”.

He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as pizzeria owner Sal in the 1989 Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing”.

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Tributes poured in for Aiello on social media, including one from Lee and “Moonstruck” co-star Cher.

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I’m 💜 Broken. Just Found Out My Brother DANNY AIELLO Made His Transition Last Night. Danny,We Made Cinema History Together With DO THE RIGHT THING. May You Rest In PARADISE.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

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