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James Gandolfini Dead: 'Sopranos' Cast & Crew Reacts

James Gandolfini Dead: 'Sopranos' Cast & Crew Reacts

It has been an evening full of tributes to the late actor James Gandolfini, who passed away at the age of 51 on Wednesday (June 19) while on vacation in Italy.

The actor’s co-stars and co-workers from his beloved show The Sopranos are now speaking out on their friend’s shocking death.

“I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. 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. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known,” Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano, said.

“We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken,” Lorraine Bracco, who played Dr. Jennifer Melfi, said.

“Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad,” Steve Schirripa, who played Bobby ‘Bacala’ Baccalieri, tweeted.

“I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family,” Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante, tweeted.

“He was a genius,” series creator David Chase said. “Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart.” There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For [his wife Deborah Lin] and [children] Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it’s bad for the rest of the world. He wasn’t easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.”

For reactions from HBO, celebrities, and James‘ managers, check out our previous post.

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9 Comments

# 2

No way.

RIP, James G.

# 4

What a great actor and only 51! Very sad day!

# 5

So sad. 51 is far too young to die. It’s going to be hard to watch The Sopranos from now on knowing he’s not around anymore.

# 6

I agree that 51 is no age to die, that he was a great talent and that it’s a huge loss (mostly for his family) but why is everybody so shocked, one thing he wasn’t was a poster boy for healthy living, do y’all not understand the meaning of the words ‘being significantly overweight increases your chances of dying prematurely’

# 7
nathan cunnah @ 06/20/2013 at 7:03 am

Sad day for all. Cant believe he’s gone. An amazing actor. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

# 8

Only the good die young, rip ” T ” , sad sad day here !

# 9

@Assassin: He wasn’t always overweight though – for the most part the first 20-22 years of his life he was a marathon runner, and when at Rutgers (hes a Rutgers alumni) and from the school of Lee Straussberg SOA (School of Arts) I saw him in several broadway performances and hate to tell you he was as lean and fit as they come (check out the Mexican, and True Romance also he was lean) and he had never had a heart attack/stroke/or any signs of dying prematurely prior to his actual death a few days ago – sure being overweight does increase those odds, as well as other unhealthy issues everyone knows that (or should) but this wasn’t a man who weighed 400 pounds and sat on a couch, and was overweight through the better part of his life and was never physically fit he wasn’t a poster boy for healthy living but also he wasn’t a poster boy for unhealthy living, he even talked about his weight/being fit at times (during numerous past characters he’s played in previous/older roles) and having to loose weight specifically for that character..so yes it still IS a shock no matter what, cause I’ve seen people far larger and even more of a debaucherous unhealthy lifestyle live far longer then Mr Gandolfini – its sad no matter what – and I’m sure his weight played a big portion in the sudden heart-attack (it was sudden, quick and his first so that alone makes it a shock) My dad is as thin as a tentpole, never smoked cigarettes or did drugs, and had 2 major heart-attacks between 1999-2006 and hes still alive at 66 years old (doing better, takes medication daily of course) and hasn’t had one since nearly 7 years, of course it was a wake up call sure he wasn’t overweight during the time of his first 2 heart-attacks but he wasn’t living the healthiest either so he made changes.

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