Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Dead at 51

James Gandolfini, the actor who was most famous for his role as Tony Soprano, on the series “The Sopranos,” has died of a possible heart attack in Rome. He was 51.

HBO confirmed that Gandolfini was vacationing in Rome at the time of his death.

The Hollywood star was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival when he died suddenly, according to TMZ.

He was scheduled to participate on Saturday in a festival event with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

Actor’s managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, released a statement confirming his death.

“It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy,” they stated.

“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.”

In a statement released to Variety magazine, HBO expressed: “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family.

“He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect.

“He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.’’

Joseph R. Gannascoli, an Italian-American actor, who played Vito on The Sopranos said: “James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with.”

R.I.P. James Gandolfini


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