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James Gandolfini, probably best known for his role as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos, passed away Wednesday June 19th in Italy.
In addition his his role on The Sopranos, Gandolfini had many scene stealing roles in movies like Fallen, True Romance, 8MM, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and many more.
The actor was on vacation in Italy with his teen son, Michael, when he suffered a heart attack in his hotel bathroom. His son found him and alerted hotel staff. Gandolfini was rushed to Policlinico Umberto I hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 51-years old.
As news of his death spread many in the entertainment world expressed their condolences via social media.
“He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that, I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart," said The Sopranos creator David Chase.
R.I.P. James Gandolfini, you will be truly missed.
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