Ray Liotta’s 23-year-old daughter, Karsen, has broken her silence over her father’s death with a sweet tribute on Instagram.
“Those who knew him loved him,” she captioned a throwback photo of the couple on Thursday night. “You are the best father anyone could wish for. I love you. Thanks for everything ❤️”
The actor died in his sleep on May 26 at the age of 67. The star of “Goodfellas” was in the Dominican Republic to film his latest project “Dangerous Waters”.
The New Jersey native is survived by fiancé Jacy Nittolo and Karsen, who Liotta shared with his ex-wife, Michelle Grace. (The former couple welcomed their daughter in December 1998, six years before their divorce.)
Through Instagram, Karsen has shown glimpses of her close bond with Liotta several times over the years.
In fact, the actress’s very first social media post was a red carpet photo featuring the “Field of Dreams” star.
“Happy Birthday Dad,” Karsen gushed in the December 2013 post. “You’re the best and I love you!”
Three years later, she called Liotta the “coolest, funniest and most talented person” she knew while celebrating Father’s Day.
In 2017, Karsen called her father a “legend.” She called him “the real G” the following year.
Karsen has expressed an interest in following in the footsteps of her father, who supported Liotta during an “Absolute Radio” interview in 2016.
“I’m a true believer that if this is what she wants to do, what am I going to do?” the producer told Andy Bush at the time. “It’s what you do and how you handle that time, that’s what confuses a lot of actors.”
He added: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. That’s the most important thing I want to teach her: find positive things to do in between [projects]†
The Emmy winner owed it to Karsen for introducing him to his fiancée, 47.
Liotta told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest in September 2021 that his daughter met Nittolo’s son Chazz at a party and thought his mother would be fine with the “Shades of Blue” alum.
Although Nittolo initially “wanted nothing to do with an actor,” the couple announced their engagement in December 2020.
“He was the most beautiful person I’ve ever known inside and out…and even that is an understatement,” Nittolo said of Liotta after his death.