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Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli comment on Gandolfini

Edie Falco and James Gandolfini hold their awards

Edie Falco and James Gandolfini hold their awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for their work in "The Sopranos" at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. (Jan. 27, 2008) (Credit: AP )

Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli -- just after James Gandolfini, the two most important cast members of one of the great shows in TV history -- have now commented on their friend's death Wednesday:

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. -- Edie Falco

Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.

-- Michael Imperioli

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