Some "Sopranos" cast members, including many who are from Long Island, have shared their thoughts on the passing of James Gandolfini:
Edie Falco (Northport), who played wife Carmela: "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."
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Jericho), who played daughter Meadow: "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 him, to make you feel like everything would be all right if he was around."
Lorraine Bracco (Westbury), who played Dr. Jennifer Melfi: "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
Joseph R. Gannascoli (East Rockaway), who played Vito Spatafore, said he was "forever indebted to Gandolfini," adding: "He came with his son and spoke at my wedding, came to my restaurant to meet fans sick as a dog in the rain and stayed for hours...Just a humble and gifted actor and person."
David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos:" "A genius...one of the greatest actors of this or any time. I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart.’ There would be silence at the other end of the phone... He wasn’t easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.”
Steven Schirripa, who played Bobby Bacala: “Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad.”
Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio “Sil” Dante: “I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”
Journey, whose song “Don’t Stop Believin’,” was prominently featured in the last scene of the final episode of the show, called it “an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments ever in TV history with James Gandolfini. He was an amazing actor – taken way too young – and he’ll be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.”
Sources: ABC News and Newsday. Photo: HBO