The actor James Gandolfini has died, aged 51.
Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO series, “The Sopranos”, although he also had a successful theatre, film and documentary career.
The cause of the actor’s untimely passing is said to have been a heart attack.
Gandolfini was attending the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily when he died. He was scheduled to take part in a festival event with Italian director Gabriele Muccino this weekend.
Already, tributes from the world of Hip-Hop are being made.
Hot 97 radio host, Peter Rosenberg took to Twitter to share his feelings.
“Wow RIP James Gandolfini … What an actor…damn so young,” he wrote.
DJ Statik Selektah revealed that Gandolfini was one of his favourite actors.
“Wow Rest In Peace James Gandolfini … one of my favorite actors of all time…. I’m secretely wannabe-Tony Soprano of the rap game,” he wrote.
Fat Joe posted a picture of himself with Gandolfini on his Facebook page and added a comment.
“R.I.P to James Gandolfini Sad Day 2day He Will Be Missed My Prayers Go Out To His Family God Bless Them,” it read.