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'.
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.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry