He was best known for his role as Tony on the HBO hit TV series "The Sopranos". Actor James Gandolfini is dead at the age of 51.
FOX News Radio's Entertainment Correspondent Sabrina Sabbagh reports on the circumstances surrounding the actor's death:
He was in Italy for a film festival, with a full schedule of events through the weekend. HBO has confirmed that the actor died from a possible heart attack. James Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 film "True Romance" and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999, winning three Emmy Awards for the role during the show's six seasons. The actor appeared in "Get Shorty", "The Mexican" and most recently, "Zero Dark Thirty".
Sabrina Sabbagh, FOX News Radio.
Listen to a clip of actor James Gandolfini from "The Sopranos":
He played a bad guy people loved: But Sopranos fans and Hollywood is stunned James Gandolfini is has passed away.
FOX News Radio's Sabrina Sabbagh reports from Los Angeles:
The Soprano's cast worked with Gandolfini for six seasons, so his sudden death came as a total shock to his former co-stars.
(Curatola) "I'm completely blown away, I saw him two and a half weeks ago, trim, looking great."
Vince Curatola played Johnny Sack on the show and says there was no indication that he had any health problems.
And despite the angry character he played, he says the man himself was nothing like the mob boss.
(Curatola) "He was a softy a lovable lovable guy."
Gandolfini went into cardiac arrest in his hotel room in Rome and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Sabrina Sabbagh, FOX News Radio.
WATCH for more reaction to the death of James Gandolfini:
Read a statement from Governor Chris Christie on the passing of actor James Gandolfini:
"It's an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy. I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano. I have gotten to know Jimmy and many of the other actors in the Sopranos cast and I can say that each of them are an individual New Jersey treasure. Mary Pat and I express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Gandolfini's wife and children, and our prayers are with them at this terrible time."
Read a statement below from David Chase on the passing of actor James Gandolfini:
"He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world. He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
Read a statement below from HBO on the passing of actor James Gandolfini
"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was 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. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us."
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