The Sopranos star James Gandolfini dead at 51

Sopranos star James Gandolfini died today while on vacation in Rome. He was 51 years old. He is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack. The actor won three Emmy Awards as best lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal as mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos and had been about to start work on an upcoming HBO series called Criminal Justice. HBO released a statement that read: “Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.” Gandolfini had most recently appeared on the big screen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Not Fade Away. He leaves behind his wife of five years, Deborah Lin, their nine-month-old daughter Liliana and a 13-year-old son, Michael, from his first marriage. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Jackson • June 19, 2013 @ 10:26 PM

    Wow, 51, that’s so young. That’s really sad. He was great in The Sopranos, I really liked that show.

  2. BEAN • June 20, 2013 @ 3:14 AM

    wow man that sucks great actor taken to soon way did god have to wack Tony Soprano

  3. the original N.I. /Nobody Important/ • June 20, 2013 @ 4:19 AM

    very sad. ‘The Sopranos’ aside, I really liked him in ‘Surviving Christmas’.

  4. nadine • June 20, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

    he looked much older. we will miss him. wonder the studio doctors didnt find this ahead of time…dont they do physicals on key stars?

  5. Shannon • June 20, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

    So sad….Another great loss – Condolences to all who loved him.

  6. Swellie • June 20, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

    Sad, sad news.

  7. Kris • June 20, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

    Very sad indeed….he will be missed.

  8. Donna • June 20, 2013 @ 2:50 PM

    So sad….we will miss him a truly talented actor! Condolences to the family.

  9. Tony • June 20, 2013 @ 3:04 PM

    Rest In Peace. Your acting will truly be missed.

  10. Linus • June 20, 2013 @ 3:31 PM

    My husband died in May he was 47 of a heart condition,
    why are all this young men dying like this?

  11. Lance • June 20, 2013 @ 4:26 PM

    James Gandolfini was a Great Actor. Gone to soon in Life @ 5l years of age. His Crime Boss role as Tony Sopranos – my wife and I watched all seasons of the Sopranos. Condolences to his family. We will miss this Stage and TV appearances. God Bless.
    Rest in Peace…

  12. kari • June 20, 2013 @ 7:46 PM

    so very sad, we loved him in the soprano’s, i loved him in surving xmas too, and he was cool in the movie Fallen…so sad for his family,, our thoughts are with all that knew him and loved him,,

  13. J. • June 20, 2013 @ 8:50 PM

    So sad, and he had an eight-month-old daughter. Loved him in The Sopranos and thought he was excellent in Welcome to the Rileys.

  14. Dwyane • June 21, 2013 @ 7:43 AM

    RIP James….true talent.

  15. Swellie • June 21, 2013 @ 9:21 AM

    Sorry to hear of your loss, Linus. It’s difficult to lose your spouse so young. In Mr. Gandolfini’s case, it could have been his weight. Or maybe he had a genetic defect, it’s hard to say until the autopsy comes in. Bad hearts run in some families. His son seems to be overweight as well, hopefully he can get that under control and get healthy so the same thing doesn’t happen to him. Once you know it’s in your family, it’s good to take precautions. It’s really, really sad to have a parent die who still has minor children.

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