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James Gandolfini, “Sopranos” Star, Dead at 51

JamesGandolfiniAccording to reports, James Gandolfini and his son were on a  father-son vacation in Italy.  The famous actor’s teenage son, Michael, found his father collapsed in their hotel room and called for help.  The hotel’s manager, told the “Today” show that the young boy found his father collapsed in the bathroom around 10 p.m. local time Wednesday. The 51-year-old actor was still alive when the ambulance arrived, but was later pronounced dead at the Policlinico Umberto I, a hospital just a three-minute drive from the hotel.

It is reported that Gandolfini arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest, according to ABC News.  Resuscitation efforts, which paramedics began in the ambulance, continued for 40 minutes, Prof. Claudio Modini, director of the Emergency Department of the Policlinico, told the network.

Those close to Gandolfini, including his HBO family, expressed utter grief following his untimely passing.

“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. 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.”

An autopsy will take place Friday to determine if the cardiac arrest resulted from a heart attack and if there were mitigating circumstances, ABC News notes. After the autopsy, his body will be brought back to the United States.

Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, his 8-month old daughter, Liliana, 8 months, and his son, Michael.

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