James Gandolfini Dies Of Massive Heart Attack In Italy

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James Gandolfini September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013

Well this came as a huge shock. HBO confirmed to CNN James has died.

Via TMZ:
James Gandolfini who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” died earlier today in Italy. Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51.

Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit “True Romance” … and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999. He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show’s 6 season run.

Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including “Get Shorty,” “The Mexican” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

We last spoke to Gandolfini in May in L.A. he was in great spirits, making funny faces and joking about a “Sopranos” movie.

James and Wife Deborah

James leaves behind his wife Deborah Lin, their 8-month old daughter, and a teenage son, Michael from his previous marriage. This is so sad. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

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