UPDATE: Aida Turturro, who played James Gandolfini’s sister on The Sopranos, also has issued a statement. “I’ve not only lost a great friend, but a true brother, on screen and off,” she said. “James was the most generous actor to work with, but more so, a man with a heart of gold. I love him and my heart goes out to his family.”
I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. 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. 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 time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.