With James Gandolfini's passing on Wednesday in Italy, Hollywood suffered a huge loss.
Since the news of his death broke, his "Sopranos" costars and celeb fans have issued statements or taken to Twitter to express their condolences -- giving tribute to the man they call "One of the greatest actors of our generation."
We'll continue to update as more reactions come in:
Drea de Matteo
Fughedabout losing one of the best actors of our time...we lost so much more...anyone from the Soprano family will tell you he was one of the most generous, real and humble human beings ever...with a presence that could shatter planets when he walked into a room. A King through n through. So very sorry for his family.
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 on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known.
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.
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.
Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world.. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.
We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken.
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.
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.
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.
JG ushered in a new age of TV acting and is the reason many of us are there today. His work was inspirational. Hearts out to his people. RIP
James Gandolfini was so talented. It is a loss not just for his colleagues but 4 those who appreciate good work.
Rip James Gandolfini. One of the greatest actors of our generation.
James Gandolfini was a dear friend and a great man. My heart goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed
Samuel L. Jackson
Massive blow to the acting community today... The passing of James Gandolfini. So talented. My heart goes out to his family!
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.
Heartbreaking news about James Gandolfini... Shocking. HUGE loss. Kind, humble, and a Singular Talent. Rest in Peace.
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.
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.
James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating.
Speechless. James Gandolfini. Really sad... Hug the kids.
Sweet journey home, James Gandolfini... The brightest stars burn the fastest....
James Gandolfini. What a great loss.
I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I'm in shock
I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.
So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was such an amazing actor and by all accounts a wonderful person. RIP.
I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him.
So saddened by news of James Gandolfini's death. What talent. He shall be missed.
I had the honor of meeting James Gandolfini recently. A genius actor & great man. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace.
I'm heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini died..my prayers go out to his family. #Sopranos
a shocking loss. farewell, James Gandolfini
R.I.P. James Gandolfini, A truly fine actor, Didn't know him well but what I did know I liked. Condolences to his family from me and mine
Too soon to lose such a gifted actor of screen & stage. Great Jersey guy. Missing James Gandolfini this morning & the days to follow.
James Gandolfini passed away yesterday. Sad. I knew James and aside from his Sopranos work, was a warm and caring person. He will be missed.
James Gandolfini, one of the good guys, kind and generous, and an active supporter of documentary filmmakers. R.I.P.
James gandolfini. Cool guy. Great actor. Gone too soon. What a loss. Sad. Hope you are going somewhere fun.
RIP James Gandolfini. A brilliant actor. Too young to pass. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. Hard to express the profoundly deep sense of loss I feel at this moment.
Rest in peace James Gandolfini. I'm glad I got to meet you and tell you what your performance(s) meant to me as a fan and actor.
RIP James Gandolfini. An amazing actor who changed the game and raised the bar. You will be missed.
This James Gandolfini passing is so sad. My heart goes out to his family in this time. RIP #takentoosoon
Such sad news about James Gandolfini... What an incredible actor... My thoughts are with his family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini
Husband informed me that #JamesGandolfini just passed,In Italy.Im devastated My condolences 2 his family&friends.He passed in his motherland
Just heard James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack at the age of 51. So incredibly sad
Just heard about James Gandolfini... I am so sad to learn this news. Condolences to his family and friends. What a talent. : (
RIP James Gandolfini .... An amazing actor. Beyond shocked.
RIP James Gandolfini. Terrible news.
SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today...
Golden Globes (James won three for his role in "The Sopranos")
James Gandolfini has died in Italy. Rest in Peace to a wonderful man and actor. You'll be missed.
You will be missed greatly James Gandolfini Maybe best actor ever on a tv series. Salute'
So so so sad about James Gandolfini - 51 is way too young.
So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. RIP
RIP James Gandolfini... He was one of my idols, an amazing artist, and his work will be soarly missed!
Wow . Gandolfini one of the best ever . TERRIBLE!!!
Shocked at reading about the untimely passing of James Gandolfini. A man of enormous talent. What shocking and sad news.
Just read about James Gandolfini.. Never met him but what a damn good actor. Gone way to soon. Rip brother.. #prayers
Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!
James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.
so incredibly sad.... RIP James Gandolfini ... your work inspired and entertained... so incredibly sad.
Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace.
Farewell to the great American actor James Gandolfini. I was a huge fan. My condolences to his family and his many fans.
RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!
No... James Gandolfini one of my favorites. RIP. prayers to his family.
Oh man James gandolfini died. Fantastic in the soprano, and true romance. A great talent.
Wow RIP #JamesGandolfini !!!! My Favorite Show Of All Time The Sopranos , My Heart And Prayers Go Out To Your Loved Ones
R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him
Saddened to hear that James Gandolfini has passed. He was as talented an actor as there ever was. I've met few people with as much presence.
So saddened to hear about the passing of one of my favorite actors, James Gandolfini. #RIPJamesGandolfini
So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. My thoughts & prayers are with his wife & kids.
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.
Had the pleasure of seeing the funny, powerful, incredibly talented James Gandolfini on stage in "God of Carnage." He'll be truly missed.
RIP James Gandolfini. So sad!!
RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met
NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(
I am shattered by the news of the loss of my longtime hero and new friend, James Gandolfini. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great.
R.I.P James Gandolfini . Was an honor to teach your son Soccer and to have known You. You were such a great man and father. #Heartbroken
RIP to my old network mate James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini. You will be missed.
Rest in peace James Gandolfini. What a huge loss for Hollywood. I'm deeply saddened & he will be gravely missed. Unbelievable talent.
R.I.P. James Gandolfini. Such a great actor. More than just tony soprano and that would have been a lot on its own.
James Gandolfini.. So talented, so nice and far too young to be taken away. You will be missed Sir
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
Terrible news about James Gandolfini's passing...I was fortunate to see him in 'God of Carnage' in New York. He was a truly wonderful actor.
So incredibly sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was magic.
Stunned to hear of James Gandolfini's passing. A powerful actor & a truly sweet man. Much love to his family.
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