Hollywood mourns the shocking death of beloved The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini who passed away in Italy from a supposed heart attack Wednesday.
James Gandolfini’s passing shocked the whole of Hollywood Wednesday.
The beloved The Sopranos actor passed away in Italy at the age of 51 from a supposed heart attack.
The character actor made a huge impact in the entertainment industry and dozens of celebrities are mourning his loss.
The Sopranos creator David Chase has lost a friend and professional partner in crime.
"He was a genius,” David released in a statement.
“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. ... For Deborah and Michael and Liliana (his wife and children), 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."
James’ influence extended beyond film and television as even politicians were moved by his demise.
"RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met,” US Senator John McCain wrote on Twitter.
The social media networking site was flooded with tweets by A-list celebrities sending their condolences.
"So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family,” wrote Susan Sarandon.
"Sad to hear about James Gandolfini . First met Jimmy back in '94.He was roommates in NY with Lenny Loftin. Lovely man. RIP Jimmy,” Russell Crowe tweeted.
The Sopranos’ network HBO released a statement making it clear that James legacy will be felt far into the future.
“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,” the release read.
James leaves behind wife Deborah Lin and their eight-month-old daughter. The actor is also survived by his teenage son Michael from a previous marriage. © Cover Media