Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, called him “truly irreplaceable”.
Imperioli and Sirico are best known for one of the gangster drama’s most critically acclaimed episodes – the Pine Barrens – when their characters get lost in frozen snow in the woods, trying to chase down a Russian mobster they thought That they had already killed. ,
Sirico’s death was announced earlier today, just weeks before the actor celebrated his 80th birthday.
“I am sad to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great Tony Sirico, has passed away today,” said Imperioli. “Tony was like no other: He was as tough, loyal, and as big-hearted as I’ve ever known. I was by his side: through the good times and the bad. But mostly the good. And us Lots of laughs. We found a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I’m proud to say that I did my best and funniest job with my dear friend Tony. I’ll miss him forever. He really is I am irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends and his many fans. He was dear and will never be forgotten. Heartbroken today.”
Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante, who was Paulie Walnuts’ best friend on the show and also starred alongside her in Netflix’s Lillehammer, called her a “legend”. A larger than life character on and off screen. Missing you a lot my friend. Deepest condolences to the family,” he said.