Celebrities Mourn 'The Sopranos' Star James Gandolfini, Dead at 51

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Celebrities Mourn 'The Sopranos' Star James Gandolfini, Dead at 51

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Reports of actor James Gandolfini's death sent shock waves through Hollywood on June 19. According to multiple sources, the 51-year-old star of the HBO monster hit "The Sopranos" suffered a massive heart attack and passed away while vacationing in Italy. The sad news prompted scores of celebrities to flock to Twitter to express their disbelief and to send condolences to Gandolfini's widow, former model Deborah Lin.

"In the Middle" actress Patricia Heaton wrote "I'm heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini died..my prayers go out to his family. # Sopranos."

"So sad for James Gandolfini and his family. Praying for your peace." -- Figure skater Johnny Weir-Voronov

Country music star Jo Dee Messina tweeted "Thoughts and prayers go out to family of @ JamesGandolfini. So sorry for your loss. It's heartbreaking for so many."

"RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met" -- Senator John McCain

Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth lamented "NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :("

Actor Jaleel White angrily chastised the media for its treatment of the bad news, tweeting "so disrespectful the blogs choosing to say Tony Soprano died. If u don't know the diff. U prob get drunk a lot & r frequently carried home."

Rob Lowe offered up high praise for the departed actor, writing "James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family."

"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." -- Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel

Steve Carell wrote simply "James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man."

"RIP James Gandofini. An amazing actor that made arguably the greatest drama of all time, & a funny, sweet, gentle giant off screen." -- Ricky Gervais

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