وفاة "طوني سبرانو "بازمة قلبية 51 عام Gandolfini dead at 51: The Sopranos actor dies in Italy following a suspeted heart attack

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2019.06.25 01:01

 

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James Gandolfini was discovered by his 13-year-old son having a fatal heart attack while on holiday in Rome to connect with his Italian roots Actor, 51, had heart attack in his hotel after family day out in Rome Found in the bathroom by his teenage son who raised the alarm
Gandolfini had been excited about visiting his parents homeland
He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter Liliana and son Michael Sopranos creator David Chase compares him to Mozart in moving tribute

By George Stark, Donna Mcconnell and Hugo Gye

 

James Gandolfini died after he was discovered having a heart attack in his hotel bathroom by his teenage son, it emerged today.

The Sopranos star was on vacation in Rome with Michael, 13, as well as his wife Deborah and baby daughter Liliana, nine months, and had apparently been hoping to econnect with his Italian roots before attending the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

After a day out with the family, Gandolfini, 51, had a heart attack in his bathroom at the Hotel Boscolo and was found by Michael, who raised the alarm and called the hotel reception, according to the hotel manager.

His Sopranos colleagues have led tributes from the showbiz world, with the shows creator David Chase who compared him to Mozart, praising him as one of the greatest actors of this or any time.


 

Untimely death: Sopranos star James Gandolfini has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy, seen here on June 10th at a charity gala

James Gandolfini with his son and second wife Deborah Lin at a film premiere in 2011

 

 

 

Married to the mob: In character with his Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler

 
 
James Gandolfini in some of his most memorable film & TV roles
 

When paramedics arrived to take Gandolfini to hospital, they found him lying on the bathroom floor, according to hotel owner Antonio Damore.

The actor was taken to Policlinico Umberto I at 10.20pm, and was pronounced dead at 11pm when efforts to revive him proved unsuccessful, according to Dr Claudio Modini, head of the hospitals emergency room.

 

An autopsy on his body will take place today, as is required by Italian law.

Mario Sesti, director of the film festival which the star was due to attend this weekend, claimed that Gandolfini was excited by his Italian vacation because of his familys link to the country.

He was so happy to be in Italy, to reconnect with his Italian roots, and he was very excited to come here and receive this award, he told USA Today.

Gandolfini seen in the first season of the hit HBO show in 1999

Gandolfini was born and brought up in New Jersey, but both his parents were Italian.

The Taormini Film Festival will host a tribute to the actor in place of a round-table discussion which Gandolfini had agreed to take part in.

The actor and his family had spent a eautiful day out together in Rome before his tragic passing, according to Gandolfinis assistant, Tom Richardson.

According to Mike Sullivan, a close friend of Gandolfinis, Richardson told him: When they got back to the hotel, Jimmy went to use the restroom. And something happened in there. 

His sister said he was alive when they took him out in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

 

Gandolfinis first wife Marcy Wudarski, Michaels mother, is said to have immediately booked a flight to Italy to comfort her son after learning of the actors death.

The couple were married for three years until they divorced in 2002.

 

Gandolfinis second wife, former model Deborah Lin, was with the star in Italy along with their daughter Liliana.

The pair married in Hawaii in 2008, and Liliana was born last October. After his daughters birth, Gandolfini said he was hrilled to become a father for the second time.

 

The actor rose to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 film True Romance, and roles in films such as Terminal Velocity and Get Shorty followed.

However, it was not until his breakout role in 1999 in the hit television show The Sopranos that he  became a household name.

 

Hotel: Gandolfini had a heart attack in his bathroom at the Hotel Boscolo, pictured, in Rome

The scene: People walk in the entrance of the morgue of Policlinico Umberto I hospital where the body of actor Gandolfini was brought after he was reported dead late Wednesday

 

At the hospital: Members of the media gather outside the emergency department of Policlinico Umberto I

 

 

Mortuary: Although the star was taken to hospital, doctors were unable to save him

 

 

He played the powerful mob boss Tony Soprano, whose stressful gangster and family life left him needing to visit a psychiatrist, played by Lorraine Bracco.

His compelling portrayal of the ruthless mob boss who suffered from panic attacks saw him win three Emmy Awards for the role.

The character apparently died in the series finale, although the audience was never shown the moment of his death, with the screen just fading to black instead.

Speaking to Vanity Fair about the ending, Gandolfini said: ‘What the f***? I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that?

Gandolfinis managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders paid tribute to the star, saying in a statement: Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.

Breakout role: Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in hit HBO series The Sopranos

 

Compelling: Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) and Lorraine Bracco, as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, in a scene from the fourth season of The Sopranos

 

Tribute: Sopranos creator David Chase, pictured with Gandolfini, compared the actor with Mozart

First big role: Gandolfini in 1993s True Romance, in which he also played a mobster

Cable channel HBO, which hosted The Sopranos until the show ended in 2007, called the actor a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect.

We e all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family, HBO added.

He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

 

The Sopranos creator David Chase called his leading actor a genius.

He said: Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. 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 get it.  You e like Mozart." There would be silence at the other end of the phone.

 
 

Devoted dad: James was said be hrilled at the arrival of his daughter last year; he is pictured carrying her to lunch with his wife in May

 
 
 
 

Family tragedy: The actor was married twice, to Deborah Lin, left, mother of his nine month old daughter, and right, Marcy Wudarski the mother of son Michael who has flown to Rome to be with him

 

James Gandolfini marries Deborah Lin. The couple tied the knot on the islands of Hawaii over the Labor Day weekend in 2008

Mr Chase added: He wasn easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can explain and never will be able to explain.

Chris Albrecht, who commissioned the crime drama for HBO and approved Gandolfini for the role, told Deadline: Absolutely stunned. I got the word from Lorraine Bracco and just got off with Brad Grey who had just heard from David Chase.

We had all become a family. This is a tremendous loss.

 

And Steve Schrirripa, who played Bobby Baccalieri in the show, said upon hearing the news: I had to get up and leave. It was like being told a brother had died. Jimmy Gandolfini was as great a friend as he was an actor and a human being.

The phone hasn’t stopped. I spoke to a lot of the guys from The Sopranos. We were crying. People joke about us being a family. But we are a family.

 
Public in Rome reacts in shock to James Gandolfinis death
 
 

Complex character: James Gandolfini alongside actors Tony Sirico Federico Castellucio, and Steven Van Zandt in The Sopranos

 

The mob boss: Gandolfini was the head of a mob family in show Sopranos

 

The best of friends: David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, has spoken of his grief following Gandolfinis untimely passing

 
 
 
 

Meanwhile his co-star Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito Spatafore on the HBO drama, said he was shocked and heartbroken at the news.

Fifty-one and leaves a kid - he was newly married. His son is fatherless now... Its way too young, Gannascoli said.

Gandolfinis sudden and unexpected death has prompted a huge outpouring of grief from those who worked with the actor, with many celebrities taking to Twitter to pay tribute.

Actor and friend Gilles Marini revealed on his Facebook page that Gandolfini had travelled to Italy with his son Michael for a oy trip.

 
 

Tribute: Gandolfinis picture is displayed in the window of a restaurant in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York following his sudden death on Wednesday

 

 
 

Versatile: James Gandolfini starred opposite Twilights Kristen Stewart in the heartwarming 2010 movie Welcome To The Rileys

 

I am heartbroken. My bud James Gandolfini just died. Last Saturday he told me at our kids graduation [that] he was so happy to go with his son to Italy. A boy trip! Marini wrote.

He added: It was an honor to have met this man, such a great Dad! I spent so much time with James son teaching him soccer. I feel for that kid it must be so hard right now for little [Michael].

 
 

RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend, wrote Jeff Daniels, his co-star in Broadways God of Carnage. 

I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini!, tweeted Christina Applegate, his co-star in the 2004 comedy Surviving Christmas. My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock.

Steve Carell, who was about to work with the larger-than-life star in HBO Films Bone Wars, added: James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.

In his younger days: As a basketball star at Ridge High School, Park Ridge in New Jersey

 

Senior year: James Gandolfini, in 1979 at Park Ridge High School, New Jersey

 

Following the success of the HBO television series - which finished in 2007 - he continued to make big screen appearances in critically acclaimed films including In The Loop and The Taking of Pelham 123.

He appeared alongside Twilight actress Kristen Stewart in the heartwarming drama Welcome to the Rileys and voiced the Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are.

He recently played Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oscar nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.

In his personal life, Gandolfini made his first public appearance with Deborah at the premiere of the second half of the sixth and final series of The Sopranos in March 2007.

At their wedding a year later, they exchanged vows in front of family and friends at Honolulus Central Union Church.

Deborah wore a white gown made of Italian lace, while the church was decorated with white lilies and rhododendrons.

Born in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfini graduated from Park Ridge High School, where he cut his teeth acting in school plays, and went on to study communications at Rutgers University.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has described himself as a huge fan of Gandolfini.

Its an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy, he said.

 

In his school days: Gandolfini poses with a female friend in a picture from his High School year book in 1979; he was voted class flirt

 
 

Acting debut: Gandolfini, sitting, as Jonathan Brewster in his high school production of Arsenic And Old Lace

Gandolfini started his professional acting career treading the boards in New York, and made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

Although his first film role came before in the 1987 comedy horror movie Shock! Shock! Shock! and also had a minor role in the Melanie Griffith thriller A Stranger Among Us. 

Gandolfini had a number of projects completed before his death including Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan, and another project by director Nicole Holofcener starring Catherine Keener.

In an interview in December last year, Gandolfini sounded upbeat about a slew of smaller roles following the breathtaking blackout ending in 2007 of The Sopranos.

Im much more comfortable doing smaller things, Gandolfini said.

I like them. I like the way they e shot; they e shot quickly. Its all about the scripts - thats what it is - and Im getting some interesting little scripts.

Celebrated: James and his on-screen wife Edie Falco both won at the 2000 Golden Globes for their roles as Tony and Carmela Soprano

LOVING TRIBUTES: CELEBRITIES EXPRESS THEIR GRIEF ON TWITTER

Broadway: James with actor Jeff Daniels

RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend, wrote Jeff Daniels, his co-star in Broadways God of Carnage.

I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! tweeted Christina Applegate, his co-star in the 2004 comedy Surviving Christmas. My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock.

Steve Carell, who was about to work with the larger-than-life star in HBO Films Bone Wars, tweeted: James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.

Olivia Wilde, who starred with the actor in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, said: James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. Im so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.

Patrick Wilson wrote: R.I.P. James Gandolfini. So awful. What a fantastic actor…so much to say but I can’t even process. My condolences to his family.

Bush rocker Gavin Rossdale said: james gandolfini– so sad what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it’s all so short.

Actor Jonah Hill: Im truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.

Touching tribute: Actress Rose McGowan posted this picture of herself and James on Twitter

Rose McGowan posted a picture of herself with the actor, saying: I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him.

Carson Daly: SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today….

Josh Henderson: Just read about James Gandolfini.. Never met him but what a damn good actor. Gone way to soon. Rip brother.. #prayers

Dominic Monaghan: Oh man James gandolfini died. Fantastic in the soprano, and true romance. A great talent.

Alyssa Milano: Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.

Rainn Wilson: Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We’ll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini

Josh Groban: Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!

Giuliana Rancic: Just heard James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack at the age of 51. So incredibly sad.

Leah Remini: R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

James Gandolfini dead at 51: The Sopranos actor dies in Italy following a suspected heart attack

 

James Gandolfini has died aged 51 after a suspected heart attack, it has been confirmed.

The Sopranos star was on vacation in Rome and was due to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Lin and two children, Michael, 13, and nine-month-old daughter Liliana Ruth.

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Dead at 51: James Gandolfini was in good spirits as he attended a charity gala on June 10; he has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy

In a statement Gandolfinis managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders confirmed the death, which happened on Wednesday.

Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving, they said.

Cable channel HBO called the actor a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect.

 

Devoted dad: James was said be hrilled at the arrival of his daughter last year; he is pictured carrying her to lunch with his wife in May

 

Loving family: James and wife Deborah Lin attended the Cirque du Soleil in LA in 2011 with his son Michael and a friend

We e all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family, HBO said.

He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

Gandolfinis wife, former model Deborah Lin, gave birth to a baby girl last October, and the couple married in Hawaii in 2008.

Breakout role: Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in hit HBO series The Sopranos

 

Married to the mob: In character with his Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Following the birth of his daughter, a spokesperson for the actor said he was hrilled at becoming a father again.

His rep said: I am happy to confirm that James and Deborah Gandolfini are the proud parents of a happy and healthy baby girl.

James also has a son, Michael, with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski, who he divorced after three years of marriage in 2002.

 

Complex character: James Gandolfini alongside actors Tony Sirico Federico Castellucio, and Steven Van Zandt in The Sopranos

There has been a huge outpouring of grief on Twitter from celebrities following the tragically sad news.

 

Amongst those to share their sadness were stars who had worked with Gandolfini.

RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend, wrote Jeff Daniels, his co-star in Broadways God of Carnage.

I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! tweeted Christina Applegate, his co-star in the 2004 comedy Surviving Christmas. My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock. 

Steve Carell, who was about to work with the larger-than-life star in HBO Films Bone Wars, added: James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.

 

Celebrated: James and his on-screen wife Edie Falco both won at the 2000 Golden Globes for their roles as Tony and Carmela Soprano

 

Award-winning: James Gandolfini with his award for Outstanding Lead Actor at the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2000

He was a genius, said The Sopranos creator David Chase.

Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.

He added: He wasn easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can explain and never will be able to explain,

Chris Albrecht who gave the greenlight for crime family drama at HBO in 1999 and approved Gandolfini for the role told Deadline: Absolutely stunned. I got the word from Lorraine Bracco and just got off with Brad Grey who had just heard from David Chase. We had all become a family. This is a tremendous loss.

Gandolfini rose to fame playing the hit man in the 1993 film True Romance, and roles in films such as Terminal Velocity and Get Shorty followed.

However, it wasn until his breakout role in the hit television show The Sopranos that he  became a household name playing mob boss Tony Soprano, winning three Emmy Awards for the role.

Gandolfini won a huge fan base playing complicated character, who juggled family life with his wife and children with leading a criminal organization at the same time.

The character died in the season finale, although the audience was never shown the moment of his death.

Speaking to Vanity Fair about the ending, Gandolfini said: ‘What the f***? I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that?

Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito Spatafore on the HBO drama, said he was shocked and heartbroken.

Fifty-one and leaves a kid -- he was newly married. His son is fatherless now ... Its way too young, Gannascoli said.

Following the success of the HBO television series - which finished in 2007 - he continued to make big screen appearances in critically acclaimed films including In The Loop and The Taking of Pelham 123.

He appeared alongside Twilight actress Kristen Stewart in the heartwarming drama Welcome to the Rileys and voiced the Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are.

 
 

Loving husband: James and his second wife Deborah Lin, pictured here at a HBO event in 2011, married in Hawaii in 2008

In his personal life, Gandolfini made his first public appearance with Deborah at the premiere of the second half of the sixth and final series of The Sopranos in March 2007.

Their wedding just a year later was an incredibly romantic affair.

They exchanged vows in front of family and friends at Honolulus Central Union Church.

 

Versatile: James Gandolfini starred opposite Twilights Kristen Stewart in the heartwarming 2010 movie Welcome To The Rileys

Deborah wore a white gown made of Italian lace, while the church was decorated with white lilies and rhododendrons. He recently played Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oscar nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.

Born in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfini graduated from Park Ridge High School, where he cut his teeth acting in school plays, and went on to study communications at Rutgers University.

He started his professional acting career treading the boards in New York, and made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

 

Tribute: Gandolfinis picture is displayed in the window of a restaurant in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York following his sudden death on Wednesday

 

 

Paying their respects: Fans stop to contemplate Gandolfinis make-shift memorial

Although his first film role came before in the 1987 comedy horror movie Shock! Shock! Shock!

Gandolfini had a number of projects completed before his death including Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan, and another project by director Nicole Holofcener starring Catherine Keener.

In an interview in December last year, Gandolfini sounded upbeat about a slew of smaller roles following the breathtaking blackout ending in 2007 of The Sopranos.

Im much more comfortable doing smaller things, Gandolfini said.

I like them. I like the way they e shot; they e shot quickly. Its all about the scripts - thats what it is - and Im getting some interesting little scripts.

James Gandolfini in his epic role as Tony Soprano

 
LOVING TRIBUTES: CELEBRITIES EXPRESS THEIR GRIEF ON TWITTER

Broadway: James withactor Jeff Daniels on the opening night of God of Carnage in New York

RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend, wrote Jeff Daniels, his co-star in Broadways God of Carnage.

I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! tweeted Christina Applegate, his co-star in the 2004 comedy Surviving Christmas. My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock.

Steve Carell, who was about to work with the larger-than-life star in HBO Films Bone Wars, tweeted: James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.

Olivia Wilde, who starred with the actor in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, said: James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. Im so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.

Patrick Wilson wrote: R.I.P. James Gandolfini. So awful. What a fantastic actor…so much to say but I can’t even process. My condolences to his family.

Bush rocker Gavin Rossdale said: james gandolfini– so sad what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it’s all so short.

Actor Jonah Hill: Im truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.

Carson Daly: SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today….

Josh Henderson: Just read about James Gandolfini.. Never met him but what a damn good actor. Gone way to soon. Rip brother.. #prayers

Dominic Monaghan: Oh man James gandolfini died. Fantastic in the soprano, and true romance. A great talent.

Alyssa Milano: Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.

Rainn Wilson: Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We’ll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini

Josh Groban: Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!

Giuliana Rancic: Just heard James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack at the age of 51. So incredibly sad.

Leah Remini: R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him

 

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