Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 51 while on vacation in Italy with his family. The news sent shockwaves and had fans reeling from the fact that such a talented and kind person passed away so soon. When an autopsy was finally performed on Gandolfini, it confirmed fears that the “Sopranos” star died of a heart attack, a family spokesman said Friday.
Michael Kobold spoke to reporters and told them that Gandolfini’s body was already released to a funeral director and that the family was hard at work with the Italian government to help speed up the process and get his body back home to the United States. He had arrived in Rome on Tuesday and spent his first full day in the Eternal City with his teen-age son, visiting the Vatican and dining in the hotel, the luxury Boscolo Exedra. They dined together in the hotel on Wednesday night, awaiting the arrival in Rome of Gandolfini’s sister, Leta.