‘Mob Wives’ stars Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo and Karen Gravano know almost as much about the life of the Italian mob as James Gandolfini did, as he played Tony Soprano on ‘The Sopranos’. His sudden death hit close to home for the stars of the VH1 show.
On June 19, the world was saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of James Gandolfini, while he was visiting Italy with his family. James suffered from a massive heart attack. Now, three stars of Mob Wives have exclusively told HollywoodLife.com how heartbroken they are over his shocking death.
James Gandolfini’s Heart Attack — ‘Mob Wives’ React To Sopranos Star’s Death
Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo and Karen Gravano, three original stars of Mob Wives exclusively reacted to the tragic death.
“The industry and the Italian community lost a great man and talented actor,” Renee said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”
Carla added in: “James was such an amazing actor and I loved him in Sopranos — one of my favorite series. He was very well respected, as was the show. This one hits a bit closer to home. He will be missed.”
Karen Gravano told us, “James Gandolfini was such a great talent. I enjoyed watching him especially on Sopranos since he was such a believable character. I will miss watching him, and my prayers and condolences are with his family at this time.”
Stars React To James’ Death
The Mob Wives weren’t the only ones who expressed their sadness over James’ sudden passing. Many stars took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Steve Carell (@stevecarell): James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.
Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth): NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(
Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels): RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend.
In the first season of The Sopranos, Kevin O’Rourke made a guest appearance and developed a lifelong friendship with James. He told HollywoodLife.com exclusively:
I met Jimmy on the first season of The Sopranos. He was a very generous and kind guy. I remember working with him on the very first day that we shot and he was shocked by the success of The Sopranos. He couldn’t have been nicer and he often talked to me about my career in theater because he was interested in theater too.
— Emily Longeretta, Reporting by Chloe Melas & Bonnie Fuller