‘Sopranos’ Star Tony Sirico Dies at 79

Tony Sirico, known for his role as “Paulie Walnuts” on The Sopranos, died on Friday at 79.

Bob McGowen, Sirico’s manager, said that Sirico died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

McGowan, who represented Sirico for more than two decades, described him as loyal and giving with a “strong philanthropic streak”.

Michael Imperioli, Sirico’s co-star on “The Sopranos”, confirmed Sirico’s death on Instagram on Friday.

“It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague, and partner in crime, the great Tony Sirico has passed away today. Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal, and as big-hearted as anyone I’ve ever known,” Imperioli said.

Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante on “The Sopranos”, called him on Twitter “legendary.”

“A larger-than-life character on and off-screen. Gonna miss you a lot my friend,” Van Zandt said in a tweet.

Born on July 29, 1942, in New York City, Sirico is survived by daughter Joanne Sirico Bello; son Richard Sirico; his brother, Robert Sirico, a priest; and other relatives.

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