Danny Aiello dies at 86 years old after a reported 'sudden illness': Details

Danny Aiello, the acclaimed actor who rose to prominence with roles in "The Godfather Part II" and "Do The Right Thing," has passed away at 86 years old.

Aiello died at a New Jersey medical facility while undergoing treatment for a sudden illness, TMZ reports. In addition to the initial issue, he was battling an infection related to his treatment.

The father of four had family visitors on Thursday night, and he passed away not long after they left for the evening.

Aiello's role in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" landed him a 1989 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In June of this year, Aiello and Lee reunited at a 30th anniversary celebration of the film in Brooklyn.

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Danny Aiello at the Private Party for 'Knockout', Adams Hotel, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Danny Aiello during "The Unforgivable Secret" On Location - October 30, 1981 in Montauk, New York, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 28: Danny Aiello attends St. Jude Children's Hospital Benefit Party on May 28, 1979 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
(from Left), US actors Danny Aiello, Robert de Niro and Italian film director Sergio Leone arrive for the screening of the film "Once upon a time in America" (Il était une fois en Amérique), on May 20, 1984 during the Cannes International Film Festival. AFP PHOTO RALPH GATTI (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP via Getty Images)
Actor Danny Aiello and Tony Danza sighted on June 27, 1985 at Elaine's Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 31: Actor Danny Aiello and Sandy Cohen attend New Year's Eve Party on December 31, 1986 at Regine's in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
American actors Olympia Dukakis, Nicolas Cage, Cher, and Danny Aiello on the set of Moonstruck, directed and produced by Canadian Norman Jewison. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actor Danny Aiello attends the premiere of 'Out For Justice' on April 10, 1991 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Danny Aiello and wife Sandy Cohen attend the premiere of 'The Pickle' on April 27, 1993 at the Director's Guild Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 323 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Danny Aiello during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 13, 1993 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Danny Aiello at the Premiere of "Pret a Porter", Ziegfeld Theater, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Danny Aiello sighted on location filming 'Prince of Central Park' on September 24, 1998 at Central Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Danny Aiello and Kathleen Turner sighted on location filming 'Prince of Central Park' on September 24, 1998 at Central Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Danny Aiello at the 9th Annual "Kids For Kids" Celebrity Carnival to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York City. April 28, 2002. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Danny Aiello during 'The Holy Land' - Premiere in New York City at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
danny aiello during "The Good Shepherd" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Danny Aiello attends a screening of "Harry: A Communication Breakdown" at Chakra on November 26, 2008 in Paramus, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Danny Aiello performs at "Feinstein at the Friars: Honoring Michael Feinstein" at New York Friars Club on November 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actor Danny Aiello attends the 68th annual Columbus Day Parade on October 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Danny Aiello and Performer/Playwright/Comedian Staceyann Chin pose at the Opening Night of "MotherStruck!" at The Lynn Redgrave Theatre on December 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 22: Danny Aiello attends Little Italy World Premiere at Scotiabank Theatre on August 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 30: Danny Aiello (L) and Spike Lee attend the 30th Anniversary "Do The Right Thing" Block Party on June 30, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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Although Aiello only briefly appears in "The Godfather Part II," his ad-libbed line "Michael Corleone says hello!" would become one of the most iconic moments of the classic film.

The actor continued to work steadily in more recent years, appearing not only in live-action films but also lending his voice to the occasional animated feature.

Aiello wed Sandy Cohen in 1955, and the couple has three living children. Their fourth, son Danny Aiello III, died in 2010 of pancreatic cancer. He'd worked alongside his father in "Do The Right Thing" as his dad's on-camera stunt double.

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