Actor James Gandolfini, best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, died earlier today at the age of 51. According to the cable channel, he was on vacation in Rome and suffered a major heart attack.
“We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,” HBO said in a statement. “He was a 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.”