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HBO, Celebrities, & Fans React to James Gandolfini's Death

HBO, Celebrities, & Fans React to James Gandolfini's Death

The shocking and devastating news that James Gandolfini died at 51 from a heart attack spread just minutes ago and celebrities are already pouring out tributes to the late actor.

The former Sopranos actor passed away in Italy, where he was to attend a film festival in Sicily.

“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, the network that was home to The Sopranos for six seasons, 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.”

Fans have also been sending their support to James‘ family and friends, making “James Gandolfini” and “The Sopranos” top trending topics almost immediately on Twitter.

Click inside for reactions from celebrities to the death of James Gandolfini

Jeff Daniels: “RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend.” He also released an official statement, saying “If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine. During our time together in GOD OF CARNAGE, we played 320 performances together. He didn’t miss one. Sadly, I now miss him like a brother.”

Christina Applegate: “I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock”

Busy Philipps: “So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was such an amazing actor and by all accounts a wonderful person. RIP.”

The late Michael Clarke Duncan’s girlfriend Omarosa Manigault: “When I saw James Gandolfini last month he shared a funny story about my luv @OfficialMCD and comforting words on my loss. So Sad! #RIP”

Jimmy Kimmel: “I’m sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.”

Steve Carell: “James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.”

Gavin Rossdale: “james gandolfini– so sad what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it’s all so short”

Julie Benz: “so incredibly sad…. RIP James Gandolfini … your work inspired and entertained… so incredibly sad.”

Lucy Hale: “So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. RIP”

Kristin Chenoweth: “NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(”

Trevor Donovan: “#RIP James Gandolfini. I am one of many who enjoyed his work…..I loved the Sopranos…(The ending not so much)”

Josh Henderson: “Just read about James Gandolfini.. Never met him but what a damn good actor. Gone way to soon. Rip brother.. #prayers”

Jerry Ferrara: “James Gandolfini gave us a character and performance that will stand the test of time. Whether he intended too or not. That’s what happened”

Dominic Monaghan: “Oh man James gandolfini died. Fantastic in the soprano, and true romance. A great talent.”

Colton Haynes: “So saddened to hear about the passing of one of my favorite actors, James Gandolfini. #RIPJamesGandolfini”

Ansel Elgort: “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.”

Alyssa Milano: “Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.”

Patrick Wilson: “R.I.P. James Gandolfini. So awful. What a fantastic actor…so much to say but I can’t even process. My condolences to his family.”

Rainn Wilson: “Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We’ll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini”

Sarah Shahi: “just heard about James gandolfini. I am fortunate to have worked with him. One of the best experiences ever. Such an artist. RIP”

Josh Groban: “Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!”

Avan Jogia: “My thoughts go out to the family of James Gandolfini, such a sad loss, rest peacefully.”

Tracie Thoms: “Sometimes… I’m just not ready. I’m not at all ready. #RIPJAMESGANDOLFINI. What the hell is happening when Tony Soprano is gone?”

Monica Raymund: “James Gandolfini just died of a stroke?!! WHAT?!”

Giuliana Rancic: “Just heard James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack at the age of 51. So incredibly sad.”

Shane West: “RIP James Gandolfini …. An amazing actor. Beyond shocked.”

Nathan Followill: “RIP James Gandolfini Such sad news.”

Jared Followill: “James Gandolfini. So sad. What a great actor. Just saw Killing Them Softly. Didn’t know the man. But I wish I did.”

Zelda Williams: “RIP James Gandolfini, and my condolences to all the people who knew or worked with him. So incredibly sad.”

Carson Daly: “SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today….”

Kevin Zegers: “RIP #jamesgandolfini.”

Harry Shum, Jr: “I’m in utter shock…R.I.P. James Gandolfini”

Joshua Malina: “R.I.P. James Gandolfini. Shocking.”

DJ Pauly D: “Wow RIP #JamesGandolfini !!!! My Favorite Show Of All Time The Sopranos , My Heart And Prayers Go Out To Your Loved Ones”

Cara Santana: “A moment for James Gandolfini. Thank you for giving a piece of yourself to us with your art. 🙏”

Leah Remini: “R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him”

Chris Galya: “RIP James Gandolfini. Such amazing talent. Sad to lose a proud icon of Jersey too soon.”

Damon Lindelof: “James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.”

Josh Gad: “The level of sadness and shock I have today for James Gandolfini’s death is indescribable. One of the true greats is gone far too early.”

Michael Chiklis: “James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating.”

Pia Toscano: “Very sad to hear of James Gandolfini’s passing… Gone way too soon..”

Odette Annable: “Gone too soon. So sad, you were one of the greats. #RIPGandolfini”

Michael Strahan: “RIP James Gandolfini! Wow….. So sad and sudden.”

Eli Roth: “Very sad news about Gandolfini. His iconic performance changed the way I looked at cable television and what was possible. #RIPGandolfini”

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14 Comments

# 1

I have been freaking out for the past hour. This is so sad and shocking. great, actor and guy. Tony Soprano was a character that you get attached to and never let go of.

# 2
Love The Shoes @ 06/19/2013 at 8:25 pm

I’m the only person on the planet who’s never seen a Soprano eppie but nevertheless, I’ve loved this guy in any other role I’ve seen him in. I just saw him in Killing Them Softly and I also just realized it was the second time he’s played a similar character in a movie with Brad Pitt (The Mexican). So young! So sincerely sorry.

# 3

I like this one “Trevor Donovan: “#RIP James Gandolfini. I am one of many who enjoyed his work…..I loved the Sopranos…(The ending not so much)”

# 4

RIP James Gandolfini. All my respects to the familyl and friends.

# 5

This is so so sooooo sad! My heart aches.

# 6

Deserves all the tributes he’s getting. So sorry for his family. And myself selfishly because i loved watching his work.

# 7

So shocked. So sad. James was such a talented actor. So shocked

# 8

OMG! I am in total shock. James you will be missed! R.I.P. you were a truly magnificent actor and I will think of you during the Soprano’s reruns. I am so sorry for your family.

# 9

@Logan:

You said it perfectly! I was hoping for a Sopranos movie one day … But instead I will enjoy watching Mr Gandolfini’s genious portrayal over and over again in each episode. So sad:( RIP

So his last movie is Violet & Daisy w/ Alexis Bledel &Saoirse Ronan and I still haven’t watch it coz its limited run WAAAH!!!

ToniSoprano @ 06/19/2013 at 11:41 pm

So sad. I love The Sopranos, hence my name was created after my favorite character. I watch the reruns every night on HBO but tonight I just can’t bring myself around to do it. He made me laugh & cry; he made me mad for treating Carmela like he did & he had me many times wishing I was Carmela because I found him funny, loving, sexy & brave.

In real life he was just as passionate & caring. I don’t know one person who met him & had anything negative to say about James.

The Sopranos will never be the same for me; I love you Tony.

RIP James & my condolences to his family.

i’m still in shock, what a lost! he was so young! rest in peace james gandolfini

google “Sopranos Autopsy”

Rest in peace

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