Sopranos Star, James Gandolfini Reported Dead at 51

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Los Angeles, June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini, star of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and most recently the feature film, “Not Fade Away” has died of a possible heart attack in Rome.  He was 51.

Gandolfini was in ItalyJames Gandolfini. photo: Barry Wetcher 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.

Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit “True Romance” … and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999.  He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show’s 6 season run.