News broke late Wednesday that Gandolfini, who was in Italy for a film festival, died of a heart attack. He was 51.
"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family," a statement from HBO says. "[Gandolfini] 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."
Today we take a look back at the impact of Gandolfini's break through role in "The Sopranos," and the cultural significance of the show in America.
Of the booth where the Soprano family enjoyed their final dinner onscreen, Carley says, "That booth is closed. When I found out that James had passed away, I put a 'reserved' sign on it and it's been closed since."
Click here to see a photo of the booth, reserved for Gandolfini.