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James Gandolfini of The Sopranos: Dead at 51

By Jacob Klein on Jun 19, 2013 to The Sopranos


A tragedy has hit the HBO family and community today.  HBO Watch has just learned that actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano is dead at the age of 51.  HBO made the announcement today.

Reports indicate that the actor passed away due to heart complications.  Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.  He was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

The actor was also recently rumored to be returning to HBO for another sure-to-be-a-hit-series and another HBO Film.

There isn’t much we can say at times like these so we’ll just leave you with your thoughts and prayers this afternoon.  Many of us have cherished memories with the actor through his various works on HBO and elsewhere.  Treasure them always.

We’ll let you know if HBO or the Gandolfini family release any more details on the situation.

A sad day for Sopranos fans, James’ family and anyone who appreciates wonderful acting from larger than life personalities.

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8 Comments on "James Gandolfini of The Sopranos: Dead at 51"

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Matthew IV

great actor he will be missed my condolences to his family

MJ Snow

So sad to hear about the loss of a great actor who was taken before his time. He will be missed.

Eleonora Iafano

At the behest of my older brothers and husband, I just started to get into the Sopranos this year. Both my brothers and my husband were huge fans of the series, as were my cousins. RIP James Gandolfini, nobody can fill your shoes.


We always lose the great one before their time. Gandolfini is dead, but the whole jersey shore cast is still here. R.i.p. James, you were a great actor.

David Pergolini

What a shame. Great actor who was dedicated to his craft. He will be missed.

Jef Dinsmore

My heart actually aches for this gentleman who made a solid anf lasting impression on me and many with his association with HBO. I raise a glass to the fine actor that he was.


At .. 51 ?! Jezzus. What a terrible loss.

Cian Gaffney

No matter what else, he will live on through his timeless portrayal of one of the best television characters of all time. R.I.P.


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