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June 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Key cast members of HBO's "The Sopranos" expressed deep sadness and grief with the death of James Gandolfini, the show's lead actor who died Wednesday of a possible heart attack while traveling in Italy. Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano, the wife of Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, said in a statement: "I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague.
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June 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
An autopsy has confirmed that James Gandolfini, acclaimed star of "The Sopranos," died of a heart attack. "Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes," family spokesperson Michael Kobold told reporters Friday in Rome, adding that "nothing else was found in his system. " On Thursday, Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome, attributed the actor's death to cardiac arrest , although the exact cause for it was not immediately known.
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June 20, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
James Gandolfini described himself as a “300-lb. Woody Allen ," when I met him at the end of November, just about six months before he passed away at 51 from a heart attack while on vacation in Italy. Appearing a lot more vulnerable than his heft would convey, Gandolfini didn't use the world "neurotic" when we huddled in the empty bar at the Roxy to talk about his most recent collaboration with "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the indie film “Not Fade Away.” But he did say he had “an active mind” and that it was often “exhausting.” That mind seemed to be filled with a slew of contradictions.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After the news broke that actor James Gandolfini had died, media outlets everywhere scrambled to put him, and his beloved character Tony Soprano, into cultural context. But if you wanted to understand the importance of the man and the show, all you had to do was listen to sports radio. Even as the NBA Finals moved toward a thrilling and decisive Game 7, ESPN sportscasters were talking about nothing but Gandolfini's death, reminiscing about "The Sopranos" with the tones of sorrowful obsession usually reserved for the passing of an iconic coach or star athlete.
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June 20, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Details are emerging in the sudden death of “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini , who passed away Wednesday in Rome at the age of 51. Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome, confirmed to The Times that Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest.   “When he arrived, [he] was already in cardiac arrest. He was put under resuscitation treatment for 40 minutes, but the emergency staff failed to restart his heart, and at 23:00, he was pronounced deceased," said Modini, who did not personally treat the actor, via telephone, adding that "he could have been deceased on arrival since he was already in cardiac arrest.” PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 Modini also told the Associated Press that, in accordance with Italian law, an autopsy would be conducted 24 hours after his death.
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June 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
An autopsy has confirmed that James Gandolfini, acclaimed star of "The Sopranos," died of a heart attack. "Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes," family spokesperson Michael Kobold told reporters Friday in Rome, adding that "nothing else was found in his system. " On Thursday, Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome, attributed the actor's death to cardiac arrest , although the exact cause for it was not immediately known.
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June 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
“All due respect, you got no [...] idea what it's like to be Number One.” -- Tony Soprano. In the wake of James Gandolfini's death, fans of his work pulled out their credit cards to have his iconic character, Tony Soprano, accessible whenever they like. As of 10:30 a.m. (Pacific), "The Sopranos: The Complete Series" -- at a whopping $124.99 a pop if you buy it new -- currently sits atop Amazon.com's DVD bestsellers list. PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 Elsewhere on the list, "The Sopranos: The Complete First Season" ranked No. 14. And "The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2" came in at No. 20. And so it went, as various seasons of the groundbreaking HBO series popped up throughout the top 100. HBO, meanwhile, spotlighted the series on its streaming website HBOGo.
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June 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
James Gandolfini, 51, who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome, Italy. The cause of death was not immediately known but was initially attributed to either a heart attack or stroke. On "The Sopranos," which was created by writer David Chase and ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, Gandolfini played the barrel-chested New Jersey organized crime capo-turned-boss Tony Soprano, who alternated acts of mayhem, infidelity and family loyalty between anguished visits to his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)
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June 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of mobster Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos" transformed him into one of Hollywood's most prized and respected actors, had little interest in playing white-collar guys with ties. Gandolfini, 51, who died Wednesday in Italy of a heart attack or stroke, was more drawn to blue-collar folks like his working-class parents. Much of his career was about honoring them. “My parents worked hard, were honest, were good people,” he said during a 2004 installment of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio.
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June 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
James Gandolfini, the most important actor in the most influential television series of the last decade and a half, died suddenly Wednesday, in Italy. He was only 51, and though he had been a busy working actor -- in film and onstage as well as on TV -- for two decades, and had (with writer David Chase) created a character for the ages, he was also at what, especially in light of an early death, felt like the beginning of his career. Even though he spent the years of "The Sopranos" and afterward taking parts that told the world there was more to him than a New Jersey mob boss -- that is to say, waste management consultant -- its length and depth, its cultural mass, guarantee that Tony Soprano is the role for which he'll be most remembered.
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June 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
“All due respect, you got no [...] idea what it's like to be Number One.” -- Tony Soprano. In the wake of James Gandolfini's death, fans of his work pulled out their credit cards to have his iconic character, Tony Soprano, accessible whenever they like. As of 10:30 a.m. (Pacific), "The Sopranos: The Complete Series" -- at a whopping $124.99 a pop if you buy it new -- currently sits atop Amazon.com's DVD bestsellers list. PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 Elsewhere on the list, "The Sopranos: The Complete First Season" ranked No. 14. And "The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2" came in at No. 20. And so it went, as various seasons of the groundbreaking HBO series popped up throughout the top 100. HBO, meanwhile, spotlighted the series on its streaming website HBOGo.
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June 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's where things went to black six years ago. Now, it's where admirers are going to pay tribute. Holsten's Brookdale Confectionery, which serves as the diner where iconic Tony Soprano may have met his end, paid tribute to the late James Gandolfini with an understated act: a “ reserved sign .” The famed booth (the third one on the left in the establishment's dining room) where Tony hunkered down in the series finale was eerily empty Wednesday, shortly after reports of the actor's death.
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June 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Key cast members of HBO's "The Sopranos" expressed deep sadness and grief with the death of James Gandolfini, the show's lead actor who died Wednesday of a possible heart attack while traveling in Italy. Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano, the wife of Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, said in a statement: "I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague.
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June 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
One of the many reasons James Gandolfini entered into the hearts of TV viewers around the world was the level of depth he brought to what was traditionally viewed as a one-dimensional tough guy on the HBO series "The Sopranos. " As mobster Tony Soprano, Gandolfini showed a man who could be tender one moment and a raging ball of fury the next. HBO and creator David Chase gave Gandolfini 86 hour-long episodes, stretched over nine years, to explore this complex character. And the actor was rewarded in spades -- six Emmy nominations and three wins -- as well as multiple Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations and wins.
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June 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of mobster Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos" transformed him into one of Hollywood's most prized and respected actors, had little interest in playing white-collar guys with ties. Gandolfini, 51, who died Wednesday in Italy of a heart attack or stroke, was more drawn to blue-collar folks like his working-class parents. Much of his career was about honoring them. “My parents worked hard, were honest, were good people,” he said during a 2004 installment of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
James Gandolfini, the most important actor in the most influential television series of the last decade and a half, died suddenly Wednesday, in Italy. He was only 51, and though he had been a busy working actor -- in film and onstage as well as on TV -- for two decades, and had (with writer David Chase) created a character for the ages, he was also at what, especially in light of an early death, felt like the beginning of his career. Even though he spent the years of "The Sopranos" and afterward taking parts that told the world there was more to him than a New Jersey mob boss -- that is to say, waste management consultant -- its length and depth, its cultural mass, guarantee that Tony Soprano is the role for which he'll be most remembered.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Details are emerging in the sudden death of “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini , who passed away Wednesday in Rome at the age of 51. Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome, confirmed to The Times that Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest.   “When he arrived, [he] was already in cardiac arrest. He was put under resuscitation treatment for 40 minutes, but the emergency staff failed to restart his heart, and at 23:00, he was pronounced deceased," said Modini, who did not personally treat the actor, via telephone, adding that "he could have been deceased on arrival since he was already in cardiac arrest.” PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 Modini also told the Associated Press that, in accordance with Italian law, an autopsy would be conducted 24 hours after his death.
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