Hip-Hop Community Reacts to Death of ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini, a versatile actor who played mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series ‘The Sopranos,’ passed away Wednesday (June 19) at the age of 51. The news shocked fans as well as artists in the hip-hop community.
According to E! News, Gandolfini suffered a heart attack in his hotel room in Rome, Italy. The actor’s 13-year-old son, Michael, witnessed his father collapse in the bathroom and called for help around 10PM.
Upon hearing the news of Gandolfini’s death, rap heavyweights such as Action Bronson, Russell Simmons, Jermaine Dupri, Statik Selektah and Bodega Bamz, among others, took to Twitter to send their condolences. Below are their tweets:
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
Damn!! Tony Soprano died,I hate this,may your soul rest in peace
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) June 20, 2013
Damn. RIP James Gandolfini. I just watched him the other night in “Killing Them Softly.”
— Phonte (@phontigallo) June 19, 2013
RIP TONY SOPRANO…. Damn..
— SAAAB STORIES (@ActionBronson) June 19, 2013
Wow RIP James Gandolfini … What an actor…damn so young
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) June 19, 2013
Wow Rest In Peace James Gandolfini … one of my favorite actors of all time…. I’m secretely wannabe-Tony Soprano of the rap game.
— Statik Selektah (@StatikSelekt) June 19, 2013
Me and Ohla favorite show is The Sopranos dead sad James Gandolfini passed 2day #RIP
— PAPI (@BodegaBAMZ) June 20, 2013