By Amanda Taylor
June 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

Actor James Gandolfini died Wednesday at age 51. Actors, artists, writers, and directors who have worked with him, or are simply fans of his work, sent their messages of love and admiration for the award-winning star of The Sopranos via Twitter. From Gandolfini’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone co-stars Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde, to writer Damon Lindelof and singer Josh Groban, stars tweeted their condolences and thoughts. Read them below:

I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him.

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I’m so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.

— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2013

So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.

— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.

— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.

— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 19, 2013

Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!

— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 19, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 20, 2013

James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family.

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 2013

I’m truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.

— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) June 19, 2013

So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. RIP

— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 19, 2013

#JamesGandolfini So tragic. Heart breaking. Wonderful man and one of the finest actors who ever lived. Godspeed, Jim & thank you.

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) June 20, 2013

I’m sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 20, 2013

So saddened by news of James Gandolfini’s death. What talent. He shall be missed.

— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) June 20, 2013

RT @kevinbridges86: Gutted about James Gandolfini. Tragic news, hero.

— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini on “Inside The Actors Studio”: one of the most inspiring interviews about acting I have ever seen.

— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) June 20, 2013

Chili Palmer: You any good? Bear: Am I any good? You were DAMN good Mr. Gandolfini and will be sorely missed. R.I.P.

— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) June 20, 2013

Awe, man… Sad news. RIP James Gandolfini. What an incredible talent. Thoughts are with the family… I’m still hoping it’s a rumor.

— Ryan Robbins (@RyRobbins) June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini RIP. xo

— Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) June 19, 2013

Just heard about James Gandolfini… I am so sad to learn this news. Condolences to his family and friends. What a talent. : (

— charisma carpenter (@AllCharisma) June 19, 2013

Just heard James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack at the age of 51. So incredibly sad. Breaking details on @ENews and @eonline

— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) June 19, 2013

I hope that Deadline Hollywood has incorrect information about #JamesGandolfini. Such an incredibly gifted and dedicated actor!

— Challen Cates (@ChallenCates) June 19, 2013

so incredibly sad…. RIP James Gandolfini … your work inspired and entertained… so incredibly sad.

— Julie Benz (@juliebenz) June 19, 2013

Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We’ll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini

— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini was a terrific actor. This is awful news.

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 19, 2013

Just heard James Gandolfini died in Italy. WTF? Shocked and saddened. HUGE loss to his family, friends and fans. # missyoualready

— Jim O’Heir (@JimOHeir) June 19, 2013

I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock

— christina applegate (@1capplegate) June 19, 2013

Just read about James Gandolfini.. Never met him but what a damn good actor. Gone way to soon. Rip brother.. #prayers

— Josh Henderson (@joshhenderson) June 19, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini. I love you. #fuckheartattacks

— Clare Grant (@ClareGrant) June 19, 2013

Life is way too short & precious. So sad to hear of James Gandolfini passing 2day. Prayers for him & his loved ones. So sad at young 51

— Brooke Burke-Charvet (@brookeburke) June 19, 2013

Shocked at reading about the untimely passing of James Gandolfini. A man of enormous talent. What shocking and sad news.

— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) June 19, 2013

RATS. RATS. James Gandolfini has died? He was supposed to give us decades more of fantastic. RATS.

— Hart Hanson (@HartHanson) June 19, 2013


— Ken Marino (@KenMarino) June 19, 2013

R.I.P James Gandolfini. One hell of an actor.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 19, 2013

Gandolfini gone. What a tragic loss. Truly one of the greats. #RIP

— Jason O’Mara (@jason_omara) June 19, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini? Wow. So sorry to hear this.

— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) June 19, 2013

Terribly Sad News: R.I.P. James Gandolfini

— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) June 19, 2013

So sad and surprised to hear about the passing of James Gandolfini. Way too soon to say goodbye to such a talent. Much respect. R.I.P.

— Tara Buck (@iamtarabuck) June 19, 2013

“Good writing will bring you to places you don’t even expect sometimes.” R.I.P James Gandolfini

— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) June 19, 2013

Oh man oh man James is gone. Speechless to his family and we all know how astonishing authentic an actor he was. RIP

— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) June 19, 2013

This James Gandolfini news is so sad and upsetting. Man. I raise my Chianti to you tonight, sir – J

— Go Fug Yourself (@fuggirls) June 19, 2013

Wow RIP #JamesGandolfini !!!! My Favorite Show Of All Time The Sopranos , My Heart And Prayers Go Out To Your Loved Ones

— DJ Pauly D (@DJPaulyD) June 19, 2013

I wrote James Gandolfini a letter after I first saw GET SHORTY. My goodness. He was so good. So sad. #fb

— Rich Sommer (@richsommer) June 20, 2013

Oh man James gandolfini died. Fantastic in the soprano, and true romance. A great talent.

— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) June 19, 2013

sending my love to James Gandolfini, who passed away today. I was lucky enough to see this amazing actor work both on screen and on stage.

— Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini was one of the coolest, most talented and humble guys in this business. He will be missed.

— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini sending prayers to his family and friends.

— tabatha coffey (@tabathacoffey) June 20, 2013

Oh James Gandolfini, you left us much too soon.

— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) June 20, 2013

So saddened to hear about the passing of one of my favorite actors, James Gandolfini. #RIPJamesGandolfini

— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) June 20, 2013

Seriously bummed about James Gandolfini. He has a daughter Charlotte’s age. Awful, such a brilliant man.

— Amy Bruni (@amybruni) June 20, 2013

Just heard TV icon James Gandolfini has died. I’m shocked. I’m sad. I loved his work. My heart goes out to his family.

— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 20, 2013


— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 2013

Speechless about the loss of Mr. Gandolfini. RIP James. Love to his family and pals. One of the most compelling actors to watch all-time.

— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini

— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2013

NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(

— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 20, 2013

Super sad to hear about James Gandolfini’s passing today. He was an incredible man. I feel honored to have met him.

— KayCee Stroh (@KayCeeStroh) June 20, 2013

So, so sad. A huge loss for storytellers…RT @nytimes: Actor James Gandolfini, Star of ‘The Sopranos,’ Dead in Italy

— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) June 20, 2013

RIP Mr. Gandolfini. If u have 4.5 mins pls enjoy this story about my run in w this GREAT talent

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini. So sad!!

— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini. A startling and tragic loss.

— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) June 20, 2013

Just saw the news and what a loss! #RIP James Gandolfini

— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 20, 2013

Speechless. James Gandolfini. Really sad… Hug the kids.

— Katey Sagal (@Kateylous) June 20, 2013

The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can’t believe it.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 20, 2013

tony. we will not “fuhgeddaboudim”.

— kurt sutter (@sutterink) June 20, 2013

So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was such an amazing actor and by all accounts a wonderful person. RIP.

— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) June 19, 2013

And here is the tribute at the New Jersey ice cream parlor where the final scene of The Sopranos was shot:

Read more:

James Gandolfini’s best ‘Sopranos’ lines: The Tao of Tony

David Chase on James Gandolfini: ‘Genius’

James Gandolfini: A subtle, versatile star who left TV in better shape than he found it