James Gandolfini died on Wednesday at the age of 51. He reportedly suffered a heart attack while traveling with his family in Italy. Immediately following news of his passing, celebrities took to social media to share their condolences for his family and to post memories of the actor, while HBO released a statement conveying the network's "shock" and "immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family." Click through to read how stars are remembering James.
"I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace."
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"I'm saddened by James Gandolfini's passing. He was a great talent & I owe him. Quite simply, without Tony Soprano there is no Walter White."
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"Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. James Gandolfini has passed away. Thoughts to his family. Such a talent. I'm saddened."
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler told UsWeekly: This news has left me heartbroken. I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael, and Liliana. I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly, one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be alright if he was around. I treasure my memories with him and feel so honored that I was an up close witness to his greatness."
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What’s Your Reaction?
"RIP James Gandolfini - had the pleasure of working with him and knowing him a bit- always a truth teller- gent and all around class act."
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"James Gandolfini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family."
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"The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it."
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"We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
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"I’m truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss."
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Steven Van Zandt
"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."
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"Life is way too short & precious. So sad to hear of James Gandolfini passing 2day. Prayers for him & his loved ones. So sad at young 51."
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"So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I've ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family."
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"My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini."
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"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."
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"Had the pleasure to work with James Gandolfini twice when I started out. Both times I had small roles but he treated me with respect. RIP"
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"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 onto the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
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"Really though... This James Gandolfini passing is so sad. My heart goes out to his family in this time. RIP #takentoosoon"
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Michael J. Fox
"Shocked and saddened by James Gandolfini's passing. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
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"James Gandolfini.. So talented, so nice and far too young to be taken away. You will be missed Sir."
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"Jimmy was a great actor, originating an indelible, iconic character on par with Raymond Burr, Carroll O'Connor and Peter Falk."
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"So saddened by news of James Gandolfini's death. What talent. He shall be missed."
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"RIP Jim Gandolfini. It was an honor to work with you. You were a supreme actor & the kindest, sweetest man. You are missed."
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"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."
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"Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini."
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"James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man."
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"I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock."
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"So, so sad. A huge loss for storytellers..."
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Mayor Cory Booker
"My condolences to the family and all those who loved James Gandolfini — a true NJ Great and NJ Original. RIP."
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"R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him."
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"RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend."
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"Shocked at reading about the untimely passing of James Gandolfini. A man of enormous talent. What shocking and sad news."
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"Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart."
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"Such sad news about James Gandolfini... What an incredible actor... My thoughts are with his family."
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"Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace…"
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"Awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great."
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"Oh James Gandolfini, you left us much too soon."
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"Heartbreaking news about James Gandolfini… Shocking. HUGE loss. Kind, humble, and a Singular Talent. Rest in Peace."
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"RIP James Gandolfini. Too soon."
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"I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love
this picture, I loved him."
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"James Gandolfini was an amazing actor. Life is too short."
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"James Gandolfini was a great guy. Better actor. I'm sorry for his family."
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Samuel L. Jackson
"Massive blow to the acting community today... The passing of James Gandolfini. So talented. My heart goes out to his family!"
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Celebrities Remember James Gandolfini
originally posted on POPSUGAR Celebrity