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James Gandolfini's sudden death shocks his friends

Emmy Award-winning actor James Gandolfini, who was best known for his role as Tony Soprano on the HBO drama, The Sopranos, died in Rome on Wednesday. He was 51. The cause for his sudden death is yet to be announced, but an HBO representative says that Mr Gandolfini may have had a heart attack.

When breathed his last, James Gandolfini was travelling in Rome, Italy where he was on a family holiday. He was scheduled to attend the Taormina Film Festival. The sudden demise of the actor has shocked many stars his friends and colleagues in Hollywood. Immediately after hearing the news about his death, many celebrities took to their Twitter pages to share their shock and offer condolences to his family.

James Gandolfini hogged the limelight with his performance in The Sopranos in which he appeared as a troubled crime boss, who is struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. He garnered enormous praise and awards for this role in this HBO drama. He has also starred in True Romance, Get Shorty and Where the Wild Things Are. He has also produced a few documentaries on war and soldiers.

We bring you Hollywood stars' statements written on Twitter after hearing the death news. Continue to see them in slide show.

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