James Gandolfini Dead: Celebrities React To Death of 'Sopranos' Star

It's a sad day for TV fans everywhere as James Gandolfini, the star of HBO's award-winning drama The Sopranos, has died.

Though details revolving around his passing are still unclear, celebrities everywhere are already pouring out their hearts and sending sympathies to the 51-year-old's family.

The actor, who won three Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of mobster Tony Soprano, passed away in Italy while preparing to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival.

Here's what Hollywood has the say about the loss:

Bette Midler: "The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it."

Jonah Hill: "I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss."

Jimmy Kimmel: "I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else."

Ricky Gervais: "Damn. RIP James Gandofini. An amazing actor that made arguably the greatest drama of all time, & a funny, sweet, gentle giant off screen."

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"

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

Olivia Wilde: "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."

Steve Carell: "James Gandolfini. What a great loss."

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

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"

Anderson Cooper: "It's rare that a character actor becomes a major star, but it happened to him" @kingsthings remembers #Sopranos star James Gandolfini"

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

Russell Simmons: "Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace..."

Rob Lowe: "James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family."

Sophia Bush: "So, so sad. A huge loss for storytellers..."

Jeff Daniels: "RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend."

Alyssa Milano: "Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini."

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

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

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

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

Will Arnett: "So saddened by news of James Gandolfini's death. What talent. He shall be missed."

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

Octavia Spencer: "RIP James Gandolfini. So sad!!"

Aisha Tyler: "RIP James Gandolfini. A startling and tragic loss."

Lindsay Lohan: "James Gandolfini was a dear friend and a great man. My heart goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed."

Lance Bass: "So so so sad about James Gandolfini - 51 is way too young."

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

Harry Shum Jr.: "I'm in utter shock...R.I.P. James Gandolfini"

Charisma Carpenter: "Just heard about James Gandolfini... I am so sad to learn this news. Condolences to his family and friends. What a talent. :("

Teresa Giudice: "So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. My thoughts & prayers are with his wife & kids."

Bethenny Frankel: "Just heard TV icon James Gandolfini has died. I'm shocked. I'm sad. I loved his work. My heart goes out to his family."

Tabatha Coffey: "RIP James Gandolfini sending prayers to his family and friends."

 

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