James Gandolfini dies: Hollywood reacts to 'Sopranos' star's death

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News of the sudden and tragic death of "Sopranos" star  James Gandolfini quickly spread, leading to an outpouring of love from fans, friends and fellow actors and creators. Across Twitter were tributes to the man who made Tony Soprano famous. Below, Zap2it has collected a handful of tweets from various performers and creators.

"Sons of Anarchy's" Ron Perlman writes:
"Sweet journey home, James Gandolfini ... The brightest stars burn the fastest."

Steve Carell writes:
"James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man."

"Lost" creator Damien Lindelof writes:
"James Gandolfini.  You created an icon.  And you cut to black way too abruptly.  Thank you, and rest in peace."

Comedian  Patton Oswald  writes:
"Death needs to be driven out into the woods by Silvio Dante. #RIPGandolfini"

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

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

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

Ewan McGregor  writes
"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."

Comedian Aisha Tyler writes:
"RIP James Gandolfini. A startling and tragic loss."

Former "The Walking Dead" executive producer Glen Mazzara writes:
"My deepest sympathies to James Gandolfini's friends & family."

B.J. Novak simply offered a link to Gandolfini's appearance on "Inside the Actor's Studio," which you can watch in five parts below.


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