After the shocking death of James Gandolfini on Wednesday, thousands of Twitter users took to the mini-blog to share their condolences over the actor’s untimely death. The 51-year-old was best known for playing Tony Soprano on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” which told the story of a fictional Italian mob family.
Though Twitter has been known to start grave rumors and even make celebrity death hoaxes famous, this seems to be a sad but true fact; as People.com confirmed, the actor died from a heart attack while vacationing in Italy.
Joseph R. Gannascoli, who played Vito on "The Sopranos,” told TMZ: "James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with." He added, "He was a great man and I will forever be indebted to him. "
The New Jersey-born native played an anxiety-ridden mobster on the hit show, and the role turned him into a household name. The impact that his character had on people could be seen minutes after the actor’s death was announced. Not only was “James Gandolfini” a trending topic on Twitter, but so was Tony Soprano and “The Sopranos.”
Here’s what son of Gandolfini’s fans had to say about the three-time Emmy winner's tragic passing:
Tony Soprano is one of those characters that you can picture immediately, in all his layers and details. That won't ever change.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 20, 2013
Gandolfini's Tony Soprano was one of the most nuanced, layered gangsters ever caught on film. His acting and Matt Weiner's words were magic
— Al Roker (@alroker) June 20, 2013
The brilliant light of James Gandolfini's portrayal of Tony Soprano is reflected in nearly every TV drama lead of the last decade. R.I.P.
— Donna Bowman (@donnadb) June 19, 2013
Tony Soprano dead? Awful news... Iconic character. Brilliant actor.
— Brick Top (@TheRealBrickTop) June 19, 2013
Has anyone ever inhabited a part on TV like James Gandolfini did Tony Soprano? It's impossible to imagine anyone else in that role. #RIP.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini always will be known best as Tony Soprano but he was a hidden gem in The Mexican w/ Brad Pitt & Julia Roberts
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 19, 2013
Sad news. Tony Soprano is dead. A fantastic actor from my favourite ever tv show. Can't believe it. #RIPJamesGandolfini
— Neg (@NegDupree) June 20, 2013
Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin who just gave birth to their daughter in October of 2012 and a son that he had from a previous marriage.