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'Sopranos' Star James
Gandolfini Dead at 51
Jun 19, 2013 4:56AM
In Touch Weekly
Tonight, the world is mourning the loss of one of Hollywood's stars.
According to a new report,
at the young age of 51.
The actor died after suffering a massive heart attack while in Italy, where he was set to attend the Taormina Film Festival.
"Everyone is in tears,” said the source close to James.
The star, who shot to fame in 1999 for his role as tough guy Tony Soprano in HBO's
, has maintained a low profile since the show's end in 2007.
He most recently made a comeback in films
Zero Dark Thirty
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Despite not playing lead roles, James was more than fine with that.
“I’m much more comfortable doing smaller things," he recently shared. “I like them. I like the way they’re shot; they’re shot quickly. It’s all about the scripts.”
But he was getting ready for the spotlight again and was set to headline a new HBO series,
James leaves behind his wife Deborah, whom he married in 2008, and their 8-month old daughter, Liliana. He also has a teenage son, Michael, from a previous relationship.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
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