News James Gandolfini dead at 51: 'Sopranos' star suffers heart attack in Italy with son

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    James Gandolfini dead at 51: 'Sopranos' star suffers heart attack in Italy with son

    James Gandolfini's assistant said the actor suffered a heart attack while in the bathroom during a trip to Italy with his 13-year-old son, Michael. He was alive when the ambulance arrived.


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    Actor James Gandolfini is dead at 51. He suffered a massive heart attack while on a trip to Italy with his son, Michael.

    James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor whose Mafia-boss character survived six seasons of mob hits and panic attacks on “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.
    The man behind Tony Soprano was with his teenage son, Michael, 13, when he suffered a massive heart attack, a source close to the barrel-chested actor said.
    Gandolfini and his family had spent “a beautiful day out together,” the actor’s assistant, Tom Richardson, told friend Mike Sullivan on Wednesday.
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    James Gandolfini (second from left) with his wife Debbie (right), son Michael and a guest in September 2011 in Hollywood.
    “When they got back to the hotel, Jimmy went to use the restroom. And something happened in there. ... His sister said he was alive when they took him out in the ambulance on the way to the hospital,” Richardson said, according to Sullivan, a close pal of “Sopranos” actor Tony Sirico.
    PHOTOS: JAMES GANDOLFINI: A LIFE IN PHOTOS
    The news floored Gandolfini’s friends, fellow actors and “Sopranos” co-stars, including Steve Schirripa, who was in a box suite at Yankee Stadium when word reached him by phone. The color drained from Schirripa’s face and uncertainty reigned for a half-hour as he and other “Sopranos” cast members, like Lorraine Bracco and Steve Van Zandt called each other, desperate for details.
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    James Gandolfini (center) is best known for his role as Tony in HBO's 'The Sopranos,' acting alongside Tony Sirico (from left), Steven Van Zandt, Michael Imperioli and Vicent Pastore.
    “I had to get up and leave,” said Schirripa, who played Tony’s brother-in-law, Bobby Baccalieri. “It was like being told a brother had died. Jimmy Gandolfini was as great a friend as he was an actor and a human being.”
    “The phone hasn’t stopped. I spoke to a lot of the guys from ‘The Sopranos.’ We were crying,” Schirripa added. “People joke about us being a family. But we are a family.”
    Soon enough, Twitter and Facebook exploded with rumors and contradictory information about Gandolfini’s death, including claims that it was a hoax.
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    James Gandolfini (right) with 'The Sopranos' creator David Chase.
    PHOTOS: BEST MOMENTS OF 'THE SOPRANOS'
    But managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders confirmed the death in a statement: “It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today.”
    “Our hearts are shattered, and we will miss him deeply.”
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    James Gandolfini and his wife Deborah Lin were married in Hawaii in 2008.
    The stunning news came almost exactly six years after the gut-wrenching and inconclusive series finale of “The Sopranos.”
    Gandolfini was a frequent visitor to Italy, where his parents both grew up. His family owns land near Milan.
    RELATED: JAMES GANDOLFINI DEAD AT 51: FRIENDS REACT
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    The 46-year-old actor married Deborah Lin, 40, during a 20-minute church ceremony at the Central Union Church in Honolulu.
    It was initially unclear whether the actor had been suffering from health problems before his sudden death. He was in Italy partly to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
    Gandolfini had been working on a new TV series, “Criminal Justice,” and speculation had always swirled about a “Sopranos” movie.
    Film and TV bigs, and other notables, flooded social media with an extraordinary deluge of condolences and praise.
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    James Gandolfini was spotted in West Hollywood with his wife and their baby daughter in October 2012.
    “RIP James Gandolfini!” the prolific Jersey screenwriter Kevin Smith wrote on Twitter. “Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!”
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    Gandolfini became famous relatively late in his career thanks to his breakout role on “The Sopranos,” and the press-shy celeb had largely avoided the spotlight following the hit HBO show’s final season, in 2007.
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    James Gandolfini sipping a coffee in the first season of the HBO smash hit 'The Sopranos.'
    The burly native of Westwood, in Bergen County, N.J., had appeared in several supporting roles since then, playing the director of the CIA in “Zero Dark Thirty” and the gruff blue-collar father of a rock star wanna-be in “Not Fade Away.”
    Gandolfini hit Broadway in 2009 with the comedy “God of Carnage.”
    “I seek out good stories, basically — that’s it,” he told The Star-Ledger of Newark in December. “The older I get, the funnier-looking I get, the more comedies I’m offered. I’m starting to look like a toad, so I’ll probably be getting even more soon.”
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    The late James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano, right, and Lorraine Bracco, as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, appear in this scene from the fourth season of 'The Sopranos.'
    RELATED: JAMES GANDOLFINI MADE TV’S MOST LETHAL CHARACTER VULNERABLE
    Gandolfini’s second wife, former model Deborah Lin, gave birth to a baby girl in October. The couple married in 2008.
    Gandolfini — a Rutgers University grad who spent part of his early career supporting himself as a nightclub manager — had his son Michael with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski.
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    James Gandolfini (from left) played a tough-guy mob boss on 'The Sopranos' with costars Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico.
    His big break came in 1992 when he landed a role in a Broadway version of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.
    Fame arrived in 1999, as “The Sopranos” garnered critical acclaim and cult popularity on its way to becoming a TV classic.
    RELATED: TONY SOPRANO’S MOST MEMORABLE TOUGH-GUY QUOTES
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    The Sopranos family from the wildly popular HBO drama series 'The Sopranos.' The series ran from 1999 through 2007 and starred Edie Falco (from left), James Gandolfini, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
    Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his sparkling depiction of Tony Soprano, an emotionally tortured mobster who tries to balance the pressures of being a mob boss with the stresses of family life.
    The depressed head of the DiMeo crime family ends up in therapy — a no-no for wiseguys — and tells his shrink the story of his life while cooperating with and competing against mobsters from both sides of the Hudson River.
    Gandolfini’s nuanced portrayal of a modern Godfather earned him Emmys in 2000, 2001 and 2003.
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    Actress Edie Falco (left) and actor James Gandolfini attend the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in 2010.
    The actor whose character mentored Gandolfini’s on “The Sopranos” was crushed.
    RELATED: HBO BACK IN THE JAMES GANDOLFINI BUSINESS
    “I loved him,” said Dominic Chianese, who played Corrado (Junior) Soprano. “I cried because he was just a sweetheart.”
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    A look at James Gandolfini's acting career.
    In 2003, after his bruising contract dispute with HBO held up production of the show, the stubborn but generous actor paid his co-stars back for the delay, handing them five-figure sums from his new deal.
    The same year, Gandolfini joked about “The Sopranos” losing an Emmy to buttoned-up rival “The West Wing.”
    “We’re thieves and crooks. They show me in my underwear far too much,” he quipped.
    For his roles, he drew on his own humble upbringing, raised by a high school custodian father and a lunch lady mother who emigrated from Italy. She pushed her son to attend Rutgers over his objections.
    “I basically went to college because I was the first male Italian born in America,” Gandolfini said on “Inside the Actors Studio” in 2004. “It was important to my mother. . . . The first night they had a five-keg party there and I said, ‘What was I fighting about?’ ”
    After Rutgers, he landed a gig at the Manhattan club Private Eyes, where an eclectic clientele provided the actor with plenty of acting material.
    “The club was straight two nights a week, gay two nights a week and kind of everything else two nights a week, so I spent a few years just watching people . . . and saw a lot of interesting things,” he said in the interview.


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    Damn.. Sad news
     
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    51 was too early! RIP.
     
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    The world just died a bit.
     
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    This is case of heart attack, I always thought he was a bit over weight.
     
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    yes he was a bit over weight, he is also one of the better actors in present times.
     
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    Apparently he had a 2000+ calorie meal with 7-8 drinks (alcoholic) before the attack hit him.

    Another grim reminder how our eating habits affect our health and life.
     
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