The Sopranos star James Gandolfini has passed away. According to Deadline, the actor died Wednesday of a suspected heart attack while in Italy. He was 51.
Known to all as mob boss Tony Soprano, Gandolfini earned three Emmys as well as a Golden Globe award while on HBO’s The Sopranos from 1999-2007.
In a prepared statement, HBO said, “We’re all in shock and feeling 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.”
After The Sopranos, Gandolfini appeared in HBO’s Cinema Verite and Nickeoldeon’s recently premiered Nicky Deuce TV-movie. He was recently attached to possibly return to TV in HBO’s Criminal Justice.
Rest in peace Mr. Gandolfini.