Renowned actor James Gandolfini, mostly known as “Tony Soprano” from HBO’s “The Sopranos,” has passed away at the age of 51, sending shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community.

According to reports, Gandolfini suffered a fatal heart attack in Italy.

4:48 PM PT — The celebrity tributes have begun … we just spoke with Joseph R. Gannascoli — aka Vito on “The Sopranos” — who tells us. “James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with.” He adds, “He was a great man and I will forever be indebted to him.” James Gandolfini — who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” — died earlier today in Italy … TMZ has learned. Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino. (TMZ)

Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg could not believe the unexpected news.

“Wow RIP James Gandolfini … What an actor…damn so young,” Rosenberg tweeted June 19th. (Peter Rosenberg’s Twitter)

Former Little Brother member Phonte shared a similar reaction.

“Damn. RIP James Gandolfini. I just watched him the other night in “Killing Them Softly.”” (Phonte’s Twitter)

Boston’s DJ Statik Selektah called JG one of his all-time favorite actors.

“Wow Rest In Peace James Gandolfini … one of my favorite actors of all time…. I’m secretely wannabe-Tony Soprano of the rap game.” (DJ Statik Selekah’s Twitter)

Comedian Mike Epps tweeted out a photo of himself with the late Hollywood star.