James Gandolfini Dead at 51 After Possible Heart Attack in Italy

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By Shari Weiss

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James Gandolfini is dead. The star’s reps and HBO confirmed the tragic news on Wednesday evening. He was 51.

The actor reportedly died after suffering a suspected heart attack in Italy, where he was vacationing. “It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy,” said his management, adding, “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.” He was reportedly expected to attend the Taormina Film Festival on Thursday.

In a statement HBO said, “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,” said the network.

Gandolfini won three Emmys for his work on “Sopranos,” which ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007. The actor also appeared in dozens of films over the years, including True Romance, Zero Dark Thirty, and — most recently — The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Last year, he produced the HBO mini-series Hemingway & Gellhorn, and was currently working with the pay channel on a new series called “Criminal Justice.”

Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, 8-month-old daughter Liliana, and his son Michael, from a previous marriage. We’ll have updates.

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