updated 06/19/2013 AT 8:30 PM ET
•originally published 06/19/2013 AT 7:40 PM ET
James Gandolfini, the three-time Emmy-winning actor who played mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit series The Sopranos, died on Wednesday in Italy at age 51.
The actor suffered a possible heart attack while traveling in Rome, a rep for HBO says. Gandolfini had been scheduled to take part in the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily.
“We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,” HBO says in a statement. “He was 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,” the statement continues. “Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”