Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies of heart attack in Italy. He was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.
According to reports Gandolfini was taken from his Rome hotel to the city’s Umberto I general hospital where staff found his heart had already stopped at about 11 p.m. local time (5 p.m. EDT), a hospital spokesman said.
James Gandolfini also known of his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series “The Sopranos,” Born in New Jersey, Gandolfini made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” alongside Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.
His first appearance on the big screen came in “True Romance” when he played the hitman, Virgil, in the Tony Scott-directed film.