Hollywood Mourns James Gandolfini (1961 – 2013)

Photo Credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Hollywood got the shock of the year with the unexpected news that Sopranos star James Gandolfini passed away in Italy after suffering a heart attack. Gandolfini, who was only 51 when he passed, is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, their infant daughter, and a teenage son from a previous marriage.

Many in show business took to Twitter to express their condolences, some of which included the following:

@oliviawilde- “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.”

@SteveCarell– “James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.

@SusanSarandon – “So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.”

@StevieVanZandt – “I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”

@rosemcgowan- “I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man.”

@jonlovett- “James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Always imitated, never duplicated.”

@jerrycferrara- “Rip James Gandolfini. One of the greatest actors of our generation.”

@MarleeMatlin- “Shocked at reading about the untimely passing of James Gandolfini. A man of enormous talent. What shocking and sad news.”

May he rest in peace.