Tony Sirico dead at age 79, ‘Sopranos’ co-star Michael Imperioli mourns death

Tony Siricobest known for playing Paulie Walnuts in the beloved series The Sopranospassed away at the age of 79.

The death was announced by The Sopranos actor Michael Imperoliwho shared the news on his Instagram account with a touching tribute to the late star.

Tony‘s manager confirmed the news to Varietyand said he was “a very loyal and wonderful customer” who “would always help those in need. He was a member of the wounded warriors.”

Click inside to read what Michael Imperioli said in his tribute…

Michael wrote in his post: “It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great TONY SIRIC passed away today. Tony was like no other: he was as tough, as loyal and as generous as anyone I’ve ever known. I was by his side through so much: in good times and bad. But above all good. And we laughed a lot. We found a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I am proud to say that I did a lot of my best and most fun work with my dear friend Tony. I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends and his many fans. He was loved and will never be forgotten. Heartbreaking today.”

We send our thoughts and condolences to Tony’s loved ones at this difficult time.

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