HBO, the network "The Sopranos" called home for six seasons, released their own sorrowful statement on the loss, calling Gandolfini a "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."
And stars, including some of his fellow colleagues, took to Twitter to react to his death, relaying their sympathy and respects.
Here are a few of their heartfelt messages:
I will be forever indebted to Jimmy http://t.co/1sm17Nfnui— Joseph R. Gannascoli (@JoeGannascoli) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) 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
I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) June 19, 2013
awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini on "Inside The Actors Studio": one of the most inspiring interviews about acting I have ever seen. http://t.co/mNeUqzw8E6— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) June 20, 2013
I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.— Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) 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
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