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‘The Sopranos’ actor Tony Sirico dead at 79

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Tony Sirico, the actor greatest generally known as loyal gangster Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri within the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” has died. He was 79.

Sirico died Friday morning in an assisted residing facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., his supervisor Bob McGowan confirmed to The Instances. No reason for loss of life was revealed, however the actor had dementia.

“He was a really loyal consumer of 25 years and he’s an ex-Military vet and at all times gave to charities,” McGowan mentioned of his consumer, who was born Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. “He’s an enormous contributor to the Wounded Warriors.”

Michael Imperioli, the actor’s “Sopranos” co-star, honored Sirico in an Instagram submit shared Friday.

“It pains me to say that my pricey pal, colleague and accomplice in crime, the good TONY SIRICO has handed away in the present day,” Imperioli wrote Imperioli, who performed Christopher Moltisanti on the lauded collection. “Tony was like nobody else: he was as robust, as loyal and as huge hearted as anybody i’ve ever recognized.

“I used to be at his aspect by way of a lot: by way of good instances and dangerous. However principally good. And we had loads of laughs. We discovered a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I’m proud to say I did loads of my greatest and most enjoyable work with my pricey pal Tony. I’ll miss him endlessly. He’s really irreplaceable. I ship like to his household, associates and his many many followers. He was beloved and can by no means be forgotten. Heartbroken in the present day.”

Whereas Sirico was most recognized for his time on the HBO drama starring the late James Gandolfini, his further credit embrace “White Scorching,” “Goodfellas” and “Household Man.”

In accordance with a Facebook post by his brother Father Robert Sirico, he’s survived by his two kids, Joanne Sirico Bello and Richard Sirico, plus “grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and plenty of different kinfolk.”