'Sopranos' Star James Gandolfini Dead at 51

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Actor James Gandolfini, who most famously played mob boss Tony Soprano on the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos" has died. He was 51.

Gandolfini died in Italy on Wednesday while on vacation with his family, according to the network.

A statement posted on HBO's website reads:

We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family.  He was a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect.  He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility.  Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time.  He will be deeply missed by all of us.

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