Slash, Justin Timberlake and Kings Of Leon are among stars to pay their respects

Musicians including Kings Of Leon, Slash and Justin Timberlake have paid tribute to The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini, who died yesterday aged 51.

Leading the tributes to Gandolfini, who died from a suspected heart attack in Rome, was Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who also co-starred in The Sopranos. He wrote on Twitter: “I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”

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Other stars from the music world to react to Gandolfini’s death in the past 12 hours have included Slash, Justin Timberlake, Gene Simmons and Nathan Followill of Kings Of Leon who tweeted: “RIP James Gandolfini Such sad news.” Scroll down to see a collection of messages posted about Gandolfini following the news of his death.

Gandolfini played Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano in the acclaimed TV series between 1999 and 2007, winning a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his performances. Responding to news of his death, the show’s creator David Chase said in a statement: “He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart.'”

Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey in 1961 and began his acting career in the late ’80s. Over the years, he appeared in more than 40 films, including Get Shorty, Crimson Tide and this year’s Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. His final film appearance will come in Animal Rescue, a crime drama co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace due for release next year (2014).

Gandolfini is survived by his second wife, former model Deborah Lin, whom he married in 2008, and their eight-month-old daughter Liliana. He also leaves a teenage son, Michael, from his first marriage which ended in 2002.