'Do the Right Thing' Star Danny Aiello Died at 86
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The 'Little Italy' actor passed away while getting treated for a sudden illness at a medical facility in New Jersey just hours after his family came to visit him.

AceShowbiz - "Do the Right Thing" star Danny Aiello has died aged 86.

The actor, who is best known for his supporting roles in movies such as "Bang the Drum Slowly" and "The Godfather Part II" in the '70s, died Thursday, December 12 night, his family told TMZ.

Aiello was being treated for a sudden illness at a medical facility in New Jersey when he suffered an infection related to the treatment. The publication reported his family had come to visit him earlier in the day, and he passed shortly after they'd left that evening.

Following his breakthrough, the screen star capitalised on his success in the '80s, landing roles in movies such as "Fort Apache the Bronx" with Paul Newman, "Once Upon a Time in America", "The Purple Rose of Cairo", and "Moonstruck" with Cher.

Most notably, he scored a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for his role as pizza store owner Sal in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing".

Aiello, who was also a singer and Broadway actor, is survived by three of his four children - his son actor Danny Aiello III, died in 2010 of pancreatic cancer - and wife of 64 years, Sandy.

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