Nothing is more saddening than a beloved star dying too early.
James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the acclaimed HBO cable television series "The Sopranos," died of a possible heart attack while vacationing in Rome, Italy, the network said on Wednesday.
“It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy. Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving,” his managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said to confirm the death.
HBO, released a statement shortly after his death:
“We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,” the statement read. “He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
His many admirers; celebrities and fans rushed to Twitter and elsewhere to pour out tributes to the late actor as the shocking and devastating news spread.
I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him. pic.twitter.com/Y1wdbeUDfK— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 19, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 20, 2013
I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) June 19, 2013
I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini on "Inside The Actors Studio": one of the most inspiring interviews about acting I have ever seen. http://t.co/mNeUqzw8E6— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) June 20, 2013
- “Jimmy was one of the most talented, authentic and vulnerable actors of our time. He was unorthodox and truly special in so many ways. He had the sex appeal of Steve McQueen or Brando in his prime as well as the comedic genius of Jackie Gleason.”- Brad Grey, a producer of “The Sopranos.”
James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I'm so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2013
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 19, 2013
Super sad to hear about James Gandolfini's passing today. He was an incredible man. I feel honored to have met him. pic.twitter.com/b205XaaZs1— KayCee Stroh (@KayCeeStroh) June 20, 2013
Awe, man... Sad news. RIP James Gandolfini. What an incredible talent. Thoughts are with the family... I'm still hoping it's a rumor.— Ryan Robbins (@RyRobbins) June 19, 2013
RIP Mr. Gandolfini. If u have 4.5 mins pls enjoy this story about my run in w this GREAT talent http://t.co/iuh515kVxl— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 20, 2013
"Good writing will bring you to places you don't even expect sometimes." R.I.P James Gandolfini— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) June 19, 2013
sending my love to James Gandolfini, who passed away today. I was lucky enough to see this amazing actor work both on screen and on stage.— Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) June 20, 2013
Speechless. James Gandolfini. Really sad... Hug the kids.— Katey Sagal (@Kateylous) June 20, 2013
R.I.P. James Gandolfini, you will always be loved.