On Wednesday, actor James Gandolfini, 51, died. He was spending a vacation in Italy. His manager said that the actor could be died of a heart attack but the real cause of his death was yet to be known.
The actor was best known for the depiction of a nervous mob leader on ‘The Sopranos’, a popular series on HBO. He won three Emmy awards by acting in that character. The series ran on HBO from the period between 1999 and 2007.
Right now, his dead body is kept in the morgue of a Rome hospital. His remains can be returned to the U.S. after the U.S. Embassy issues a death certificate.
Gandolfini’s managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong issued a joint statement by confirming his death news. They said that the actor would be missed deeply. Edie Falco, Tony’s fellow actress in the series ‘The Sopranos’, expressed her shock and devastated condition at the news. On Thursday, she said in a statement that she considered herself lucky for being the colleague of a kind and generous man like Gandolfini for ten years.
The actor was supposed to join Sicily’s Taormina Film Fest this week.
The former HBO president Chris Albrecht also expressed his shock at the death news. He said that Gandolfini was a good actor but he was even a better man. Albrecht was the man who gave green light to the show.
Gandolfini was born in New Jersey’s Westwood on September 18, 1961. He was a Rutgers University graduate. He got his first break in Broadway in 1992 with a role in the Tennessee Williams play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. He got his big screen debut in 1993 with a role in ‘True Romance’. Tony Soprano was his breakthrough role on small screen.
Gandolfini left behind his wife and Liliana, his nine-month old daughter. He had another son named Michael from his previous marriage.