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Friends reacting with shock and sorrow tonight to the death of James Gandolfini.
The news broke during this newscast last night and emergency room doctor in Rome says the 51 year old actor was pronounced dead after he suffered.
Cardiac arrest he was there on vacation going to a film festival in Sicily.
The New Jersey David native appeared as a character actor -- numerous feature films.
But fans will always remember him as Tony Soprano the troubled mob boss on the HBO hit series The Sopranos.
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Edie Falco played Tony's wife Carmela she issued a statement saying my heart goes out to his family as those of us in his pretend one.
Hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together.
The love between Tony and Carmelo was one of the greatest I've ever known.
The creator of this -- -- issued his own statement calling Gandolfini a genius.
And even though the show's story lines didn't always reflect well on his home state New Jersey governor Chris Christie says it's an awful shock to lose the actor.
He released a statement I was huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically Tony Soprano.
It was a sentiment echoed today countless tweets and FaceBook posts someone left -- -- zeevi outside the home where producers shot parts of the show.
And in this diner where the iconic final scene took place.
The Booth at which the fictional family set remained empty and reserved today.
The managers paying tribute to Gandolfini placing that sign on the table Trace Gallagher an RLA newsroom this afternoon what more we learn Trace.
You know we learned ship that he spent most of yesterday touring Rome and his thirteen year old son for them it was a boys' trip to Italy.
And when he got back to his hotel room last night his publicist says he wasn't feeling good and went to the bathroom.
And that something happened inside the bathroom because that's where his son found him.
And quickly called the front desk.
Here now is a family spokesperson must.
-- -- notified emergency crews who responded.
And first -- was administered before mr.
Gandolfini was taken to the hospital.
Where he died of an apparent heart attack.
Yet he died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital the trip from the hotel to the hospital was only eight minutes and the hospital now says they will in fact perform.
On autopsy on James Gandolfini -- and man -- -- -- just keep rolling in.
Oh yeah Brad Pitt set it was a crushing blow John Travolta vowed to take care of his kids even the actors who didn't know Gandolfini.
Felt compelled to really -- yen.
Bomb the comment I mean he played it you can see in the red carpet he played Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in the film zero dark thirty and Panetta said today and I'm quoting here.
I told -- I was glad an Italian played me swear words and all we laughed together the fact that tough guys can have a heart of gold.
He did and we will miss him.
And maybe the most fitting quote came from his TV daughter Jamie Lynn Siegler who said quoting here Jim had the ability.
Unbeknownst to him to make you feel like everything would be all right.
If he was around he was a very powerful impact for men on a lot of people -- -- which was indeed as was this next -- to all of us.
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