Actor James Gandolfini passed away this June 19, while in Italy. The actor allegedly died of a heart attack, but doctors have not yet confirmed this rumor.At the time of his death, James Ganfolfini was in Rome. He had gone to Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
Towards the end of this week, he was expected to also take part in a festival event together with Italian director Gabriele Muccino, TMZ reports.
The actor is survived by wife Deborah Lin, a daughter that she gave birth to this past October and by a son from his previous marriage with Marcy Wudarski, whom he divorced back in 2002.
James Gandolfini rose to fame when he agreed to play the part of mob boss Tony Soprono on HBO's “The Sopranos.”
The series' creator, David Chase, was devastated by the actor's passing away.
“He was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain,” he reportedly said in a statement issued shortly after hearing the news of James Gandolfini's sudden death.
“[James] was a genius. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone,” David Chase added.