For six seasons on “The Sopranos” James Gandolfini and Edie Falco played Tony and Carmela Soprano–a married couple (with ties to the mob) raising their two children in New Jersey. And now, after the passing of Gandolfini on Wednesday, his on-screen wife tells ABC News in a statement that she’s heartbroken.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Gandolfini, 51, died of a possible heart attack while vacationing in Italy with his son, Michael. He is also survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and their 8-month-old daughter, Liliana.
“Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world,” his “Sopranos” co-star Michael Imperioli, said in a statement. “I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.”