James Gandolfini Dies of Heart Attack; The Sopranos Star Was 51

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James Gandolfini died earlier today in Italy, according to reports. The Sopranos star is believed to have suffered a heart attack, and was just 51 years old.

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Deadline was the first source to report Gandolfini's death.

He was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, and was scheduled to appear in an event this weekend with director Gabriele Muccino.

"Everyone is in tears," a N.Y. Daily News source said.

Gandolfini has appeared in many successful TV shows and films, but he truly became a Hollywood star when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999.

He won three Emmy awards for The Sopranos.

The press-shy star got his start as a character actr, became famous relatively late in his career, and stayed largely out of the limelight once The Sopranos ended.

The burly Westwood, N.J. native is survived by his wife, former model Deborah Lin, who gave birth to a baby girl last October. The pair wed in 2008.

Gandolfini, who spent part of his early career supporting himself as a bartender and nightclub manager, also has a son with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski.



Mr. Gandolfini, was a terrific actor. I've enjoyed his work from way back to 'Get Shorty' with him and Travolta. No matter what role,from the gay-hitman in 'the Mexican', to the Military prison warden in 'The Last Castle',James always seemed to put a lot into these characters...It showed in his work...
This is a tragic loss to the film industry,fans, and most of all--to his family and loved ones...
Goodbye,Mr. Gandolfini. You are sorely missed already...
May you Rest In Peace...


RIP James Gandolfini. One of the best actors out there..


RIP James you will be dearly missed. You were such a talented actor and Tony Soprano was one of my favourite characters of all time.


Such good talent! Mr. Soprano you will be missed dearly!


this scares me.
on the other hand: he didn't live the life of a professional skier.


I will miss him!

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