James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO’s iconic series The Sopranos, has passed away suddenly from a heart-attack while holidaying in Rome, Deadline reports. He was 51.
Gandolfini starred on the David Chase-created series from 1999 to 2007, gaining three Primetime Emmys for his portrayal of the New Jersey mobster.
HBO said in a statement:
”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.”