/// James Gandolfini is Dead at 51
James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-born actor who left an indelible impression on American popular culture with his portrayal of haunted mob boss Tony Soprano , died Wednesday after reportedly suffering a heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini’s death was confirmed by his managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. The Sopranos star passed away while on vacation in Rome, Italy. Gandolfini this Saturday was scheduled to appear alongside actress Marisa Tomei during the closing ceremony of the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. Gandolfini’s panel was to have led into the world premiere of Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger . HBO released a statement shortly after news of Gandolfini’s death began circulating online. “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,” the statement read. “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.” After The Sopranos faded to black in June 2007, Gandolfini continued his affiliation with HBO, producing the documentaries Alive Day: Home from Iraq and Wartorn: 1861-2010. He also produced the Emmy-nominated miniseries Hemingway & Gellhorn and starred with Tim Robbins and Diane Lane in the HBO original movie, Cinema Verite. HBO in May ordered seven episodes of the crime drama Criminal Justice, which was to have starred Gandolfini as a hard-on-his-luck New York jailhouse attorney who defends a young Pakistani-American man accused of killing a woman after a one-night stand. The fate of the project is now uncertain. Gandolfini had a number of projects in development, including a comedy that he was to have produced for CBS (Taxi-22) and a starring role in a film adaptation of the 2010 book Eating with the Enemy. The latter effort would have marked his sixth collaboration with HBO. In 2009, he starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway play God of Carnage
James Gandolfini is Dead at 51
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