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It’s hard to believe that he’s gone. A gentle giant and an amazing thespian has passed away too early, James Gandolfini was only 51.

New details are emerging about what happened in the final moments of Gandolfini’s life.

According to the manager of the Italian hotel were Gandolfini and his family were staying, his teenage son called for help after discovering his father collapsed in a bathroom and was still alive when the ambulance arrived.

The devastating news shocked the world and celeb’s took to twitter to express their condolences:

Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi): "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."

Tony Sirico (Paulie Gualtieri): "He was one of my best friends in life. He helped me with my career and I'm going to miss him. He's part of my family."

Steven Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri): "Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad."

Joseph R. Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore): "I will be forever indebted to Jimmy."

Since the shocking and devastating news of his death broke, celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their memories and sorrow. Below are some of the most notable reactions so far. We'll continue to update as more come in.

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

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

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.

— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating.

— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) June 20, 2013

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

— Katey Sagal (@Kateylous) June 20, 2013

Heartbreaking news about James Gandolfini... Shocking. HUGE loss. Kind, humble, and a Singular Talent.Rest in Peace.

— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 20, 2013

I'm heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini died..my prayers go out to his family. #Sopranos

— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend.

— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) 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

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

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

Bada BULLSHIT. G'bye, Gandolfini. This sucks.

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 19, 2013

Farewell to the great American actor James Gandolfini. I was a huge fan. My condolences to his family and his many fans.

— Wes Craven (@wescraven) June 19, 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

My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini.

— Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) June 20, 2013

Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 19, 2013

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

— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) 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

RIP James Gandolfini. A man with a massive talent who created one of the most iconic characters to ever grace our TV screens. Gone too soon.

— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) June 20, 2013

awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great.

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 20, 2013

http://t.co/td9DdRnODW SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today....

— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini was a great guy. Better actor. I'm sorry for his family.

— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) 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

Damn.RIP James Gandofini.An amazing actor that made arguably the greatest drama of all time, & a funny, sweet, gentle giant off screen.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 20, 2013

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

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

RIP James Gandolfini...51 yrs old. So sad.

— Wayne Brady (@waynebrady) June 19, 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

Husband informed me that #JamesGandolfini just passed,In Italy.Im devastated My condolences 2 his family&friends.He passed in his motherland

— Debi Mazar (@debimazar) June 19, 2013

So so so sad about James Gandolfini - 51 is way too young.

— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) 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

Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace... http://t.co/TpfJNywu8X

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 19, 2013

james gandolfini--so sadwhat an incredible actor.more loss.be good to each other.it's all so short

— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) June 20, 2013

I know that James Gandolfini was loved for his character of Tony Soprano but one of my favorite roles of his was in the Mexican, my favorite scene of all...RIP James Gandolfini, thank you for moving me in every single one of your movies!

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