James Gandolfini, best known for his role as “Tony Soprano” on The Sopranos, has passed away today at the young age of 51. Accoridng to TMZ, Gandolfini had a heart attack while in Italy:
“The celebrity tributes have begun … we just spoke with Joseph R. Gannascoli — aka Vito on “The Sopranos” — who tells us. “James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with.” He adds, “He was a great man and I will forever be indebted to him.” James Gandolfini — who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” — died earlier today in Italy … TMZ has learned. Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino” (TMZ)
The sudden death of the actor shocked the Hip Hop community:
Wow RIP James Gandolfini … What an actor…damn so young
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) June 19, 2013
RIP TONY SOPRANO…. Damn..
— SAAAB STORIES (@ActionBronson) June 19, 2013
Damn!! Tony Soprano died,I hate this,may your soul rest in peace
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) June 20, 2013
Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace… http://t.co/TpfJNywu8X
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 19, 2013
Wow Rest In Peace James Gandolfini … one of my favorite actors of all time…. I’m secretely wannabe-Tony Soprano of the rap game.
— Statik Selektah (@StatikSelekt) June 19, 2013