A loss as surprising as it is sad. Gandolfini's work as Tony Soprano was probably the best performance ever put on television (at least the best I've ever seen). By the end of the show's run, we all felt like we knew Tony, and consequently, knew Mr. Gandolfini. He was one of television's greatest, but also showed amazing talent in such films as True Romance, In The Loop, Where the Wild Things Are and Zero Dark Thirty.
He was a great actor and, from what I understand, an even better person. He will be deeply missed.