James Gandolfini dies in Italy

ninemsn staff
9:46am June 20, 2013
June 20, 2013: James Gandolfini in a memorable scene as his iconic character Tony Soprano.

The actor who became known to millions for his portrayal of the brutal boss of a New Jersey mafia family in the award-winning series The Sopranos has reportedly died in Italy.

James Gandolfini, 51, died after a massive heart attack in Italy where he was due to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, TMZ reports.

The Italian-American actor rose to prominence for his performance in the 1993 hit True Romance, in which he played a mafia enforcer.

Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the multiple-award winning HBO drama The Sopranos.

Over the show's six-season run he collected three Emmy awards for his depiction of the mob boss and troubled family man.

When the show finished in 2007 Gandolfini starred in a number of films and in 2009 acted in the Broadway musical 'God of Carnage'.

James Gandolfini's career highlights
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The actor was married to former model Deborah Lin, who he married in Hawaii in 2008.

The couple had a baby girl last October.

Gandolfini also fathered a son with his ex-wife Marcy Wudarski.

Source: TMZ

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Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry

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