Kristen Stewart opens up about James Gandolfini's death: It gutted me
06/25/2013 by Nichole Hamilton
Kristen Stewart is opening up about James Gandolfini's passing. The actress, 23, co-starred with the late actor in the 2010 indie drama, "Welcome to the Rileys," which saw the pair playing very emotionally-charged roles. While Stewart remains mum on almost everything, the actress made sure to express her condolences regarding her colleague's death. "When I heard of James' passing I was in New Orleans, where we met shooting, and every memory flooded back and gutted me," she told Entertainment Weekly in a statement. "I'll hold that time near to me forever. He was immeasurably great. My heart goes out to his beloved family." The actress and Gandolfini reportedly "formed a bond" due to their "mutually introverted" behaviors on set. The outlet cites how both personalities are notoriously private despite their high profile roles in Hollywood -- Gandolfini in "The Sopranos" and Stewart in "Twilight." "He's quiet," Stewart said of her co-star in a 2009 interview that took place following filming. "We got along well because we let it happen the way it's supposed to. It was very organic, very cool." The admiration that Stewart felt for the "Killing Them Softly" actor was mutual, with him writing a piece for Variety about the starlet's performance in "On The Road," praising her abilities and calling her "mad in a beautiful way." The actor, whose death drew reactions from many of Hollywood's elite, died while vacationing in Rome, Italy on Wednesday, June 19. On Friday, June 21, a spokesperson for Gandolfini's family said autopsy results confirmed that Gandolfini died of a heart attack and that there was no evidence of anything else in his system at the time of his death. The actor's funeral will be held in New York City on Thursday, June 27, at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Devine. The church is located on New York's Upper West Side (Check out photos). Gandolfini is likely best known for his role as Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos," which ran for six seasons from 1999 to 2007. He won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for the role. He was also known for roles in films like "True Romance," "Get Shorty" and "Crimson Tide." He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son from a previous marriage and an 8-month-old baby daughter.
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