Fans were shocked Wednesday night when "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini died in Italy from a suspected heart attack. He was 51.
The "gentle giant" was loved by many in Hollywood -- and dozens of them took to Twitter to express their grief over his untimely death.
"He was a genius," David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos," said in a statement. "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.'"
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," his "Sopranos" wife said in a statement. "He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague."
"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," the actress tweeted.
"So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I've ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family," the veteran actress wrote.
"James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man," the actor wrote.
"James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace," the "Lost" writer and producer tweeted.
"Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!" the singer tweeted.
"RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met," the U.S. Senator wrote.
"James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family," the actor wrote.
"I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss," the actor tweeted.
"#JamesGandolfini So tragic. Heart breaking. Wonderful man and one of the finest actors who ever lived. Godspeed, Jim & thank you," the singer -- and "Sopranos" star -- tweeted.
"I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else," the late night host wrote.
"Now the last 10 seconds of the last episode of #TheSopranos will have new meaning now," The Roots drummer tweeted.
"If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine," the actor said in a statement . "During our time together in 'God of Carnage', we played 320 performances together. He didn't miss one. Sadly, I now miss him like a brother."
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