'Sopranos' cast on James Gandolfini

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Four of James Gandolfini’s former castmates from The Sopranos have issued statements about the actor, who died Thursday while on vacation in Rome.

Edie Falco, who now stars in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie after playing Tony Soprano’s wife Carmela, issued this statement: “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.”

Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) also had this to say: “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.”

Jamie Lynn Sigler, who played Tony’s daughter Meadow, issued this statement: “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.”

This from Aida Turturro, who played Tony’s sister Janice: “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.”

Sopranos creator David Chase on Wednesday called Gandolfini a “genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time.”

Gandolfini starred on the HBO drama from 1999 to 2007. He won three Emmys for playing Tony Soprano.

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