Tony Sirico, popular for his job as "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri on The Sopranos,

When he died. He was 79.

Sirico died Friday at a helped living office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

as per his administrator of 25 years Bob McGowan.

No reason for death was uncovered except for Sirico had been experiencing dementia for the two or three years.

"In addition to the fact that he was a dedicated client, he was an old buddy," McGowan told The Hollywood Reporter.

Sirico depicted "Paulie Walnuts" a nearby comrade of James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, on the HBO series.

His Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli honored Sirico on his Instagram expressing, 

"It torments me to say that my dear companion, associate and sidekick, the incomparable TONY SIRICO has died today.

Tony resembled no other person: he was as intense, as faithful person

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