The death of James Gandolfini on Wednesday in Italy hit home hard; as soon as news broke, it was dispatched around the web as social media sites blew up with everything from shocked reactions to disbelief.
Many fans were hoping it was just another celebrity death hoax; sadly, the "Sopranos" actor passed away after a massive heart attack while on vacation, it was confirmed. Immediately, friends and former co-stars took to the web to express their sadness and remember the man who made a womanizing, murderous mob boss a likable character.
James Gandolfini was a remarkable talent. He was also a decent man. We will all miss him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2013
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.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) June 20, 2013
YOU WERE...AND ALWAYS WILL BE...A TRUE GIFT! #jamesgandolfini
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini, one of the good guys, kind and generous, and an active supporter of documentary filmmakers. R.I.P.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 20, 2013
Massive blow to the acting community today... The passing of James Gandolfini. So talented. My heart goes out to his family!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 20, 2013
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-
— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 20, 2013
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) June 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini.
— Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) June 20, 2013
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 20, 2013
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.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 20, 2013
Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 19, 2013