James Gandolfini, TV’s Tony Soprano, Dead of Apparent Heart Attack

Actor James Gandolfini has died.

Gandolfini is best known for his portrayal of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano on the award-winning TV drama The Sopranos. His work on the hit HBO show was highly praised by viewers and critics alike, garnering him six Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe awards.

The actor passed away suddenly while in Rome, Italy for the Taormina Film Festival. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed, but is likely the result of a massive heart attack, according to reports.

News of Gandolfini’s death spread across the blogosphere quickly late Wednesday, with many actors offering their public condolences via Twitter.

Olivia Wilde tweeted:

“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 added:

“James Gandolfini. What a great loss.”

Christina Applegate chimed in with:

“I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet james gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock.”

Applegate’s sentiments were echoed by Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke:

“Life is way too short & precious. So sad to hear ofjames gandolfini passing 2day. Prayers for him & his loved ones. So sad at young 51.”

Josh Groban highlighted Gandolfini’s exceptional body of work:

“Thank you james gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!”

In a statement, HBO expressed their “immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family.”

“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. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”

Gandolfini, 51, is survived by his wife and two children.

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