Many major players in the music world and rock musicians around the world reacted on Twitter and other social media to the death of actor James Gandolfini, who passed away in Italy on Wednesday (June 19th) from a reported heart attack. Gandolfini was best known for his iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, for which he won three Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe for Best Actor. Among his film credits were Crimson Tide, True Romance, In The Loop, Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. His former cast mate, Steven Van Zandt, who said: "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."
We asked Van Zandt during his final days on The Sopranos about the parallels between the show and working with the E Street Band: "There is a similarity in the working environment which I need, which is, y'know, working with friends and working in an environment where it's very much a family, very much a, a team, very much a group of people working towards the same end. And not a lot of -- or not any, really -- ego conflicts or attitudes or a lot of drama. I don't have the patience for that."
As news of the actor's death caused shock and sadness throughout Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment world, rockers such as Slash, David Draiman, Gavin Rossdale, Godsmack, Nathan Followill and others posted their thoughts.
David Draiman tweeted: "JAMES GANDOLFINI, ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTORS OF ALL TIME. REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOU WERE ONE OF THE GREATS."
Slash wrote: "Terribly sad news about James Gandolfini's passing. Such a fantastic actor. RIP."
Gavin Rossdale wrote: "james gandolfini--so sad. what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it's all so short."
Godsmack tweeted: "Wow - RIP James Gandolfini - that sucks!!! Great actor, how sad."
Nathan Followill of Kings Of Leon tweeted: "RIP James Gandolfini Such sad news."
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco wrote: "Deeply saddened by the news of James Gandolfini's death. We've lost a truly great talent. RIP."
Other musicians who tweeted their condolences included Gene Simmons, Justin Timberlake, and Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who also co-starred in The Sopranos. Van Zandt wrote: "I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time."
RIP James Gandolfini Such sad news.
THE MUSIC WORLD MOURNS JAMES GANDOLFINI
Journey: "It's truly an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments ever in TV history with James Gandolfini. He was an amazing actor -- taken way too young -- and he'll be missed. Our condolences go out to his family."
Steven Tyler: "YOU WERE...AND ALWAYS WILL BE...A TRUE GIFT!"
Joe Perry: "James Gandolfini what a nice guy, so funny and sweet. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to his family."
Joey Kramer: "RIP James Gandolfini a great talent taken too soon."
Slash: "Terribly sad news about James Gandolfini's passing. Such a fantastic actor. RIP."
Sebastian Bach: "51 is way too young to go. This is even scarier than the Sopranos RIP James Gandolfini you managed to make television incredible #ThankYou"
Anthrax's Scott Ian: "RIP James Gandolfini. #GodofCarnage"
Bette Midler: "The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it."
Boy George: Very sad about James Gandolfini. Rest in peace!"
Rob Thomas: "RIP James Gandolfini. Such a great actor. More than just tony soprano and that would have been a lot on its own."
Justin Timberlake: "Really though... This James Gandolfini passing is so sad. My heart goes out to his family in this time. RIP #takentoosoon"
Living Color's Vernon Reid: "James Gandolfini was able to breath life into the Gangster Archtype-He stands w Cagney, Robertson, Garfield, Brando; w a character from TV!!" - Vernon Reid
Suzanne Vega: "James Gandolfini. My brother Tim had a drink with him once. Said he was very much himself, like the Soprano character. Shocked to hear news"
Rosanne Cash: "Jesus. Now James Gandolfini is gone. His son Michael went to pre-school with my son. He was the sweetest guy in the world. What a loss."
The Mavericks' Raul Malo: "Slim Whitman, Chet Flippo, and James Gandolfini...RIP. please no more. The world can't handle it."
- Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey in 1961 and began his acting career in the late '80s, appearing in more than 40 films.
- His final film appearance will come in Animal Rescue, a crime drama co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace due for release in 2014.
- Gandolfini is survived by his second wife, former model Deborah Lin, whom he married in 2008, and their eight-month-old daughter Liliana. He also leaves a teenage son, Michael, from his first marriage.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Were you a Sopranos or Gandolfini fan?
- What are your favorite moments from the show?
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HOLLYWOOD REMEMBERS JAMES GANDOLFINI
Since news of James Gandolfini's death broke late Wednesday afternoon (June 19th,) there has been an outpouring of love and fond memories from fans and colleagues. As more people weigh in on the tragic news, more details surrounding the actor's final moments have also started to come in.
According to NBC News, James' 13-year-old son Michael called for help after finding his father alive but struggling on the floor of the bathroom in their hotel room after suffering an apparent heart attack. Hotel employees reportedly attempted to resuscitate the 51-year-old who was still alive when the ambulance delivered him to Policlinico Umberto I hospital -- located about three minutes from the hotel.
James was working on several projects before he passed:
- Enough Said, about a recently divorced woman who falls for her friend's ex-husband co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
- Bone Wars, about a pair of real-life paleontologists after the Civil War who discovered the fossils of more than 160 dinosaurs co-starring Steve Carell.
- Criminal Justice, a seven-part limited series event for HBO about an ambulance-chasing attorney in New York. Only the pilot episode has been shot so far.
- Edie Falco: "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."
- Lorraine Bracco: "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
- Jeff Daniels: "If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine. During our time together in 'God of Carnage,' we played 320 performances together. He didn't miss one. Sadly, I now miss him like a brother."
- Christina Applegate: "I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I'm in shock"
- Kevin Smith: "RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!"
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Was James Gandolfini's portrayal of Tony Soprano better than Al Pacino as Tony Montana or Marlon Brando as Don Corleone?
- Is The Sopranos one of the greatest TV dramas of all time?
- What is the one message you would like to send to James' grieving family?
- When a celebrity dies, do you mourn as if you knew them personally?
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INTERNET COMMENTS: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?
- Ed on people.com says, "When someone plays a role like he did in the Sopranos and scares ya, he's good. There's a man that could act"
- Mel on people.com says, "What a true talent. I remember seeing him in "A Civil Action" with John Travolta and being blown away; even in his small role. This was before the sopranos. And True Romance!! Great performance...What a loss for the acting community. I'm glad we have him on screen to remember."
- abe on hollywoodlife.com says, "this must open your eyes: EAT HEALTHY & SPORT!!"
- Diane Mackey on usatoday.com says, "I'm so saddened by the loss of an incredible actor. I'm so sad that we won't see the great work that he started. My prayers go out to his family and all who knew James."
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