Sopranos' actor Tony Sirico, known for role as Paulie Walnuts, dead at 79,

Actor Tony Sirico, known for playing Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts"

Gualtieri on the Emmy-winning HBO series "The Sopranos," died Friday at 79.

Sirico's manager Bob McGowan confirmed the death to USA TODAY,

Saying in a statement that Sirico “was a great and loyal client, he would help anyone in need,

 Adding that he was a "big contributor to the wounded warriors and other charities.

"It is with great sadness, but with incredible pride,

love and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family of Gennaro Anthony 'Tony'

Sirico wishes to inform you of his death" Friday morning, Sirico's brother posted on Facebook.

The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love,