James Gandolfini dies in Italy aged 51

James-Gandolfini-at-the-T-010 James Gandolfini died in Italy on Wednesday (June 19). According to initial reports, the actor suffered a massive heart attack.

Gandolfini came to Italy to attend Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was scheduled to make an appearance at the festival this weekend. His body is in a hospital morgue in Rome at the moment and as soon as the U.S. Embassy issues a death certificate, the actor’s remains can be returned to the United States.

Managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said: “It is with immense sorrow that we report our client, James Gandolfini, passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy. Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.”

James Gandolfini ThenJames became famous in 1992 thanks to the role in a Broadway version of A Streetcar Named Desire but he was best known for his role as a mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, for which he won three Emmy Awards. HBO issued a statement that says: “He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility.”

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