Nine years(!) after James Gandolfini, another major cast member--one with their name in the opening credits--has passed away.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertai ... 018878002/
Some nice comments from Michael Imperioli and Steven van Zandt in that article.
I can't help but find the timing striking because I just found out earlier today that James Caan died. Two actors who brought to life two iconic characters in the most influential mob dramas of all time. There's a certain immortality in that.
Actor Tony Sirico (Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri) Has Died1
Tony, his spirits crushed after b-lining to the fridge first thing in the morning: "Who ate the last piece of cake?"