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Sad news coming out of New Jersey…

Legendary actor Danny Aiello, best known for his role in Spike Lee‘s 1989 iconic film, Do The Right Thing, passed away on Thursday night.

He was 86.

According to TMZ, Danny passed away at a medical facility in New Jersey where he was being treated after he suddenly fell ill.

He suffered an infection related to his treatment. Danny’s family had come to visit him Thursday, and we’re told he died shortly after they’d left that evening.

Spike Lee, who is heartbroken, took to social media to pay tribute to his dear friend.

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.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

See Spike’s posts below.

Watch a classic Do The Right Thing scene featuring Danny Aiello.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy0hIComAG4

Rest in peace.