Edie Falco Remembers James Gandolfini's 'Tremendous Depth and Sensitivity'

06/20/2013 at 10:20 AM EDT

James Gandolfini Dead; Edie Falco Pays Tribute to Her Sopranos Husband
Edie Falco and James Gandolfini
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Tony and Carmela Soprano had one of the most turbulent relationships in the history of television, but a day after James Gandolfini's shocking death in Italy, TV wife Edie Falco offers an emotional tribute to the man who was her intimate collaborator for a decade.

"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," Falco says in a statement. "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."

The Sopranos racked up Emmy awards for its fictional portrayal of the dysfunctional New Jersey crime family, with Gandolfini and Falco at its emotional core.

In real life, Gandolfini leaves behind his wife Deborah, son Michael – who reportedly found the actor still alive in his Rome hotel room Wednesday – and infant daughter Liliana, 9 months.

On Thursday, Falco acknowledged both his real-life family and the one he forged on the groundbreaking HBO show.

"My heart goes out to his family," said Falco, "as those of us in his pretend one hold onto the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."

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James Gandolfini and Edie Falco in a scene from The Sopranos

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