Key cast members of HBO's "The Sopranos" expressed deep sadness and grief with the death of James Gandolfini, the show's lead actor who died Wednesday of a possible heart attack while traveling in Italy.
Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano, the wife of Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, said in a statement: "I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth 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 life together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, Tony Soprano's protege, said in a statement, "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 and Carmela's daugther, Meadow, said in a statement: "This news has left me heartbrokern. 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 me, 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."
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