James Gandolfini Death In Italy: How Did 'Sopranos' Actor Die At 51?
James Gandolfini died at age 51 on Wednesday while he was one on vacation in Rome, Italy.
An Emmy-winning actor who portrayed conflicted New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano in the highly acclaimed HBO television series "The Sopranos," James Gandolfini was slated to work in an upcoming HBO series titled "Criminal Justice." HBO declined to disclose the level of Gandolfini's involvement in the project.
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According to HBO spokesperson Mara Mikialian in a statement from Reuters, James Gandolfini died from a possible heart attack. New York Times also reports Gandolfini may have died from a stroke.
Gandolfini made his Broadway debut in 1992 for the revival of the theater classic "A Streetcar Named Desire." Since his explosive rise to fame following the incredible six-season run of "The Sopranos" in June 2007, Gandolfini has appeared in a number of roles including "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."
"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family," HBO said in a statement. "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."
Despite his premature passing, James Gandolfini leaves behind a remarkable legacy in his performance as Tony Soprano.
A mobster capable of killing his foes with his own hands, Tony Soprano was also prone to panic attacks as he thinks of his family. A loving husband and a doting father, mob boss Tony Soprano also carried a string of extramarital affairs.
The complex performance of Tony Soprano has earned James Gandolfini an impressive three Emmy Awards for best lead actor in a drama series. What's more, many television critics have called "The Sopranos" the finest drama in U.S. television history.
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