James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” from 1999 to 2007 and won three Emmy’s for his role. The death of Gandolfini shocked friends, family, and fans worldwide. Many friends and family have come forward to issue statements or take to Twitter to voice their sadness. Four of “The Sopranos” cast members have also issued statements regarding the death of their beloved co-star.
Edie Falco, who played Carmella, Tony Sopranos wife, now stars in her own HBO hit series, “Nurse Jackie.” Falco had deep and meaningful words to say about Gandolfini.
“I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.”
Jamie Lynn Sigler, who played his daughter Meadow, shares her heartbreak over the news of her television fathers passing.
“This news has left me heartbroken. I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael and Liliana. I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be alright if he was around. I treasure my memories with him and feel so honored that I was an up close witness to his greatness.”
Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, discussed how James treated everyone “like family.”
“Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.”
Aida Turturro, who played Tony’s sister Janice stated, “I’ve not only lost a great friend, but a true brother, on screen and off. James was the most generous actor to work with, but more so, a man with a heart of gold. I love him and my heart goes out to his family.”