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    James Gandolfini Death: Celebs Say Goodbye to The Sopranos Actor on Twitter

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    Hollywood was struck with an unpleasant surprise today.

    Legendary actor James Gandolfini, known best for his memorable role as Tony Soprano on the HBO hit series The Sopranos, died from a possible heart attack while in Italy. He was 51.

    Since the news, numerous famous friends, costars and admirers have gone to tweet their condolences for the fallen star.

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    Alyssa Milano: "Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini."

    Brooke Burke: "Life is way too short & precious. So sad to hear of James Gandolfini passing 2day. Prayers for him & his loved ones. So sad at young 51"

    Lance Bass: "So so so sad about James Gandolfini - 51 is way too young."

    Jerry Ferrera: "Rip James Gandolfini. One of the greatest actors of our generation."

    Ralph Macchio: "RIP James Gandolfini. Terrible news."

    B.J. Novak: "James Gandolfini on "Inside The Actors Studio": one of the most inspiring interviews about acting I have ever seen."

    Sophia Bush: "So, so sad. A huge loss for storytellers..."

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    James Gandolfini, The Sopranos HBO

    Ewan McGregor: "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."

    Octavia Spencer: "RIP James Gandolfini. So sad!!"

    Bethenny Frankel: "Just heard TV icon James Gandolfini has died. I'm shocked. I'm sad. I loved his work. My heart goes out to his family."

    Leah Remini: "R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him"

    Pauly D: "Wow RIP !!!! My Favorite Show Of All Time The Sopranos , My Heart And Prayers Go Out To Your Loved Ones"

    Lucy Hale: "So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. RIP"

    Jonah Hill: "I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss."

    Russell Simmons: "Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace..."

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    James Gandolfini, Rose McGowan, Twit Pic Twitter

    Richard Roeper: "Hard to believe Mr. Gandolfini was just 37 when "The Sopranos" premiered. Gone way too soon at 51."

    Rose McGowan: "I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him."

    Wayne Brady: "RIP James Gandolfini...51 yrs old. So sad."

    Johnny Knoxville: "James Gandolfini RIP. xo"

    Carson Daly: "SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today...."

    Rob Lowe: "James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family."

    Piers Morgan: "Amazing outpouring of tributes to James Gandolfini - reflective of the huge impact he had as Tony Soprano, one of TV's greatest characters."

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    Robin Williams: "My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini."

    Susan Sarandon: "So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I've ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family."

    Tom Arnold: "James Gandolfini was a great guy. Better actor. I'm sorry for his family."

    Debra Messing: "Heartbreaking news about James Gandolfini... Shocking. HUGE loss. Kind, humble, and a Singular Talent. Rest in Peace."

    Bette Midler: "The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it."

    Gilles Marini: "R.I.P James Gandolfini . Was an honor to teach your son Soccer and to have known You. You were such a great man and father.

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    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"

    Steve Carell: "James Gandolfini. What a great loss."

    Olivia Wilde: "James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I'm so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day."

    Jimmy Kimmel: "I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else."

    Rainn Wilson: "Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart. "

    Melissa Joan Hart: "Just saw the news and what a loss! James Gandolfini"

    —Reporting by Lindsey Caldwell

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