‘He is truly irreplaceable’: The Sopranos Stars Pay Homage To Legendary Tony Sirico

Tony Sirico died this Friday at the age of 79. The same was confirmed by his brother Robert Sirico in a Facebook post. The actor is most well known for his roles in Sopranos and Goodfellas. His manager, Bob McGowen, later revealed that the actor died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale. As of yet, there has been no official confirmation regarding the cause of the actor’s death.

The news of Tony Sirico’s death was confirmed by his close ones

Tony Sirico
Tony Sirico passed away last Friday

Sirico died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said his manager, Bob McGowen. There was no immediate information on the cause of death.

The post went as follows:

“​It is with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family of Gennaro Anthony “Tony” Sirico wishes to inform you of his death on the morning of July 8, 2022.
​Tony is survived by his two beloved children, Joanne Sirico Bello and Richard Sirico, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and many other relatives.
​A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by his brother Fr. Robert Sirico at the Basilica of Regina Pacis (1230 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY) on Wednesday morning, July 13 at 10:30am.
​The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love, prayer and condolences and requests that the public respect its privacy in this time of bereavement.
​Memorial donations may be made in his honor to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Hospital and the Acton Institute.”

The Sopranos  co-stars come out to pay tributes to the late Tony Sirico

Michael Imperioli and Tony Sirico
Michael Imperioli and Tony Sirico

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Michael Imperioli, who portrayed Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, paid tribute to his friend in an Instagram post. He said,

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. I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly good. And we had a lot of laughs. We found a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I am proud to say I did a lot of my best and most fun work with my dear pal Tony. I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends and his many many fans. He was beloved and will never be forgotten. Heartbroken today.”

Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico
Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico

Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante in The Sopranos, took to Twitter to express his condolences. The post said,

“RIP Tony Sirico. Legendary. Silvio’s best buddy “Paulie Walnuts” in “The Sopranos, Frankie “The Fixer’s” older brother Antonino, “Father Tony” Tagliano in Lilyhammer. A larger than life character on and off screen. Gonna miss you a lot my friend. Deepest condolences to the family.”

Lorraine Bracco and Tony Sirico
Lorraine Bracco and Tony Sirico

Lorraine Bracco, who starred alongside the late Tony Sirico in both The Sopranos and Goodfellas, also paid her tributes to the late actor in an Instagram post. The Instagram post went as follows,

“I adore Tony Sirico. A stand up guy who always had my back and who loved my children and my parents. I have a lifetime of memories with Tony— starting with Goodfellas to The Sopranos and way beyond— but my God, did we have fun doing the Bensonhurst Spelling Bee—I’m still laughing. I hope he’s in heaven cracking everybody up now. Love you, my Pal…rest in peace.”

Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Tony Sirico
Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Tony Sirico

Jamie Lynn-Sigler, Sirico’s co-star in The Sopranos, also expressed her fond memories of her co-star on social media. She said,

Oh Tony. I’m so heartbroken. I loved you so much. I have never been able to walk into a room that you were in without you giving me an enormous hug, drenching me in your cologne, and making sure I knew any man that came near me would have to answer to you first. You were SUCH a phenomenal actor. Stealing every scene you were in. You were tough, and strong, yet sweet and a real artist. There will never ever be anyone like you. I feel so lucky to have known you and been loved by you. ❤️❤️💔”

Twitter Reacts to Tony Sirico’s Death

Tony Sirico
Tony Sirico remembered by fans

Fans were morose on hearing the news of the actor’s demise. Famous for The Sopranos, Tony Sirico has left a mark on people’s lives. Twitter erupted on the occasion of his death.

This is another big loss for the acting fraternity in recent times after James Caan’s death. And the actor will be sorely missed by the industry and fans alike.

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