The world was shocked yesterday by the news that Sopranos star James Gandolfini had passed away while vacationing in Italy.
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt opened up about the death of his friend and former castmate in a post he released online last night, Billboard reports.
The musician became close with Gandolfini while appearing on The Sopranos throughout its six-season run, playing Tony Soprano’s friend and confidant Silvio Dante.
“I have lost a brother and a best friend,” he wrote on Twitter. “The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”
Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah, and his children, Michael and Lily, the latter of which was born in October of last year. Van Zandt reached out to the late actor’s family as well.
“Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family,” he wrote.
Journey also released a statement on their official site about the Gandolfini’s passing. The band’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” famously played during the final scene of The Sopranos, when the family sits in the diner as the camera quickly cuts to black.
“It’s truly an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments ever in TV history with James Gandolfini,” the statement reads. “He was an amazing actor – taken way too young – and he will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.”
Though the cause of death has not been released, Billboard reports that there have been differing claiming Gandolfini may have suffered either a heart attack or a stroke.
Our thoughts go out to James Gandolfini’s family and friends during this difficult time. For more from Steven Van Zandt, follow him on Twitter @StevieVanZandt, and for more from Journey, follow the band @JourneyOfficial.
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