James Gandolfini, an established actor who become well known for his role as the “loveable” Mob Boss, Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos” has reportedly died of a heart attack in Italy at the age of 51.
James Gandolfini — who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” — reportedly died earlier today in Italy … TMZ has learned.
Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack, this according to Deadline.com. He was 51.
Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.
Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit “True Romance” … and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999. He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show’s 6 season run.
Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including “Get Shorty,” “The Mexican” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
We last spoke to Gandolfini last month in L.A. — he was in great spirits, making funny faces and joking about a “Sopranos” movie.
Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the couple’s daughter in October 2012. He also has a teenage son from a previous marriage. R.I.P.
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