Kristen Stewart Speaks Of Sadness At James Gandolfini’s Death

Kristen Stewart has said her 'heart goes out' to the actor's friends and family

Kristen Stewart has spoken of her sadness at the death of actor James Gandolfini, revealing she thought her Welcome To The Riley’s co-star was ‘immeasurably great’.

In an statement to Entertainment Weekly Kristen said her ‘heart goes out’ to the friends and family of the famous Sopranos star, who died of a heart attack last week.

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‘When I heard of James’ passing I was in New Orleans, where we met shooting, and every memory flooded back and gutted me,’ Kristen said.

‘I’ll hold that time near to me forever. He was immeasurably great. My heart goes out to his beloved family.’

Kristen Stewart and Gandolfini met on the set of 2009 movie Welcome To The Rileys, and soon struck up a friendship.

At the time, Kristen told USA Today: ‘Jim was the sh*t. ‘He’s quiet. We got along well because we let it happen the way it’s supposed to. It was very organic, very cool.’

In a separate Variety piece, Gandolfini paid tribute to his young co-star, describing her as ‘one of the mad ones’.

‘Kristen Stewart is one of the mad ones. But mad in a beautiful way,’ he wrote. ‘And she is determined to make people mad. To show them she is more than Bella in ‘Twilight.’ To show them she does burn, and smolder, and wants more out of her career and life. And smolder she does.’

James Gandolfini died of a suspected heart attack on June 19, whilst on holiday with his son in Italy. He was 51.

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