During a Friday (16 September) appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, Bracco and hosts celebrity cook Ray and her husband John Cusimano offered “a toast” to the legendary actors.
“To Ray and Tony,” Ray said, echoing Cusimano.
“And to Jimmy [James] Gandolfini,” Bracco added. “We can’t forget Jim.”
Liotta, 67, passed away in his sleep in May of this year, and Sirico, 79, who had been diagnosed with dementia, died a couple of months later in July. Gandolfini died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.
“It’s been a weird time,” Bracco admitted. “Look, Tony Sirico was older, and I get it. As sad as I am, I get it. But Ray and Jimmy?”
Ray agreed, acknowledging that she was also “shocked” by Liotta and Gandolfini’s deaths, adding that the latter died “on vacation with his kid”.
When asked how she coped, Bracco said in a quivering voice: “It says to me, to live every day as well and as much and give, give, give.
“I adored all three of them.”