ESPN Radio and Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay is mourning the death of his uncle, Danny Aiello, the Academy Award nominated actor, who died Thursday at the age of 86.
Aiello, a New York City native, reportedly suffered an infection at New Jersey medical facility, while undergoing treatment for a sudden illness.
“I would like to thank all of those sending their condolences on the passing of my uncle, Danny Aiello,” Kay wrote on Twitter. “He was a terrific man, self made, coming from nothing to be an Academy Award nominated actor. He loved his family dearly, adored his wife of 64 years, my Aunt Sandy.
“He loved sports, especially the Yankees and would have a running text message dialogue with me during games, dissecting everything happening on the field. He was one of a kind. When Jodi and I were married he sang at the reception and electrified the room.”
Aiello, who earned his Oscar nod for his role in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” in 1989, appeared in numerous films, including “The Godfather: Part II,” “Moonstruck” and “Bang the Drum Slowly.”
“He could do everything,” Kay continued. “He was an Army veteran, then the head of the Greyhound bus drivers union, a bouncer at the Improv who became the emcee at the joint and then went into acting, without a lesson. I loved him deeply and I’m going to miss him very much. RIP Uncle Danny.”