Tony Sirico, 'Sopranos' star, dead at 79

Actor Tony Sirico, who is best known for playing henchman Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri on HBO's "The Sopranos," has died, according to his manager Bob McGowan.

McGowan did not provide a cause of death, but called Sirico a "very loyal and long-term client" of 25 years and someone who "always gave to charity."

Sirico's "Sopranos" co-star Michael Imperioli also shared the news on Instagram, saying Sirico died on Friday

"Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as big hearted as anyone i've ever known

" he wrote. "I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly good. And we had a lot of laughs."

Sirico, a Brooklyn native, amassed several credits in the late '80s and '90s, appearing in films like "Goodfellas," "Mighty Aphrodite," and "Mickey Blue Eyes."