Ugh I was hoping this was an online death hoax when I first read it last night... but sadly, no :( Family is telling the media that it was a suspected heart attack that took the actor's life in Italy.
His "Sopranos" co-stars released the following statements:
Lorraine Bracco: “We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken.”
Michael Imperioli: “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: “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.”
Edie Falco: “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.”
We'll miss you Tony Soprano.
June 19, 2013/Photo: Getty Images