'Sopranos' actor Tony Sirico dies at 79

'Sopranos' actor Tony Sirico dies at 79

LOS ANGELES — Tony Sirico, who played the impeccably groomed mobster Paulie Walnuts in "The Sopranos"

and brought his tough-guy swagger to films including "Goodfellas," died Friday. He was 79.

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.

A statement from Sirico's family confirmed the death of Gennaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico "with great sadness

 but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories."

McGowan, who represented Sirico for more than two decades, recalled him as "loyal and giving,"

with a strong philanthropic streak. That included helping ex-soldiers' causes, which hit home for the Army veteran, his manager said.

Steven Van Zandt, who played opposite Sirico as fellow mobster Silvio Dante on "The Sopranos," saluted him on Twitter as "legendary."

"A larger than life character on and off screen. Gonna miss you a lot my friend," the actor and musician said.

Michael Imperioli, who portrayed Christopher Moltisanti on "The Sopranos," called Sirico his "dear friend, colleague and partner in crime."

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