The Sopranos’ Tony Sirico Dead at 79

See how his former co-stars are paying tribute

McGowan confirmed the passing to E! News with a statement on July 8

Tony was a very loyal client, always gave to charity and was a member of the Wounded Warriors and an Army vet.

The actor was best known for his portrayal of Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri on all six seasons of HBO's The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007

tributes from across the entertainment industry began to roll in, including Sirico's Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli

"Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as big hearted as anyone I've ever known," Imperioli shared on Instagram

Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio on The Sopranos, paid his respects on Twitter