Hollywood is in mourning today, after the stunning news that Sopranos star James Gandolfini passed away yesterday while vacationing Italy.
The 51-year-old actor, who was best known for playing mobster Tony Soprano throughout its six-season run on HBO’s The Sopranos, passed away of a suspected heart attack yesterday.
Now "People" is reporting that Holsten’s, ice cream parlor where The Sopranos filmed their scenes in New Jersey, where Gandolfini himself was born, has blocked off the spot where Tony and his family sat before the show cut to black.
In a tribute to the late actor, a reserved sign on the booth has been placed in front of the booth. Chris Carley, the owner of Holsten’s, said people still come by because of the series, proving how the iconic show, and in turn, Gandolfini, has endured in the minds of its fans.
His TV wife and current Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco also shared her thoughts on Gandolfini’s death in a written statement to ABC News.
“I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family,” Falco wrote, “As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.
The final scene was set to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”, and the band released a statement about Gandolfini’s passing.
“It’s truly an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments in TV history with James Gandolfini,” the statement reads. “He was an amazing actor – taken way too young – and he will be missed. Our condolences go out to the family.”
For more on Journey, follow the band @JourneyOfficial. Our thoughts go out to James Gandolfini’s family and friends during this difficult time.