“Gandolfini reactions” is at the top of online trends today as folks scour the Internet looking for the reactions to James Gandolfini’s death coming from other celebrities, especially those of his “Soprano” family. One of the words coming up repeatedly in the Gandolfini reactions posted online is “the man was a genius,” according to reports on NJ.com on June 20, 2013. Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Stevie Van Zandt and many other cast members share their sorrow.
The latest update on Gandolfini’s death is that he died of a heart attack while he was on vacation in Italy. He collapsed in the bathroom and it was his 13-year-old son who found him. Gandolfini was alive in the ambulance going to the hospital, but died at the hospital shortly after arrival, according to Fox News live on Thursday.
According to the Telegraph on June 20, 2013, the actor’s death has stunned the entertainment world, but it is his “Soprano” family of actors who seem to best describe the actor who brought Tony Soprano to life, probably the most toxic character to ever grace the television screen.
Here is what his “Soprano” family of actors had to say about their friend:
David Chase, (Creator of “The Sopranos”): “He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. He was my partner. … He was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.”
Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano): “I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague.
“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 Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.”
Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti): “Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.”
Stevie Van Zandt (Silvio Dante): “I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family.”
Lorraine Bracco, (Dr, Melfi) , Tony’s psychiatrist in “The Sopranos”: “We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken.”
Steve Schirripa (Bobby Bacala): “The guy was like a brother to me. He was a great actor, a great father and was a lot of laughs. This is devastating. When I say we were like family, this is very much like losing a family member.”
Joe Gannascoli, (Vito Spatafore): “Fifty-one and leaves a kid – he was newly married. His son is fatherless now … It’s way too young.”
Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo): “We were enemies on screen, but pretty good friends off screen. Jim was a loving guy who just enjoyed life. It’s a sad and tragic thing that’s happened. I feel bad for his family.”‘
David Proval (Richie Aprile): “I couldn’t have asked for any better actor or better gentleman to work with. His generosity was unmatched. He was always right there for me during the show. It was a head-spinning experience for everyone, yet he always found the time for me and everyone on the cast.”