Edie Falco says she is "shocked and devastated" by the death of her former co-star James Gandolfini, who played her husband on the popular series "The Sopranos," adding that the love between their characters was "one of the greatest" she has ever known.
The 49-year-old actress made her comments in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Thursday, June 20, a day after the actor died in Italy at age 51. Gandolfini, who was on vacation with his family and was set to attend the Taormina Film Festival, is believed to have suffered a fatal heart attack.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," Falco said in her statement. "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."
Gandolfini was best known for his role as mob boss and family man Tony Soprano on the HBO series "The Sopranos," which aired between 1999 and 2007 and earned him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Falco starred as his wife, Carmela.
"My heart goes out to his family," Falco said. "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."
Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son from a previous marriage and a baby daughter.
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