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Rock Stars React to "Sopranos" Actor James Gandolfini’s Death

Image courtesy of Vera Anderson/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Vera Anderson/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

The rock world has been quick to react to news of the death of James Gandolfini , best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano in the 1999-2007 HBO series The Sopranos.  Gandolfinidied Wednesday in Rome, Italy at the age of 51.

KISS singer Gene Simmons paid tribute to his friend, tweeting , “James Gandolfini passed away yesterday. Sad. I knew James and aside from his Sopranos work, was a warm and caring person. He will be missed.”

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach also offered his condolences, tweeting , “51 is way too young to go. This is even scarier than the Sopranos. RIP James Gandolfini you managed to make television incredible #ThankYou.”

Other stars' comments:

Best Coast : “Seriously going to cry. RIP James Gandolfini. You will live on forever in my DVD player and heart.”

Gavin Rossdale : “james gandolfini -- so sad what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it's all so short.”

David Draiman : “James Gandolfini, one of my favorite actors of all time. Rest in peace brother. You were one of the greats.”

Godsmack : “Wow - RIP James Gandolfini - that sucks!!! Great actor, how sad.”

Scott Ian : “RIP James Gandolfini. #GodofCarnage”

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