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James Gandolfini Dead at 51 - 'Sopranos' Star Had Heart Attack

James Gandolfini Dead at 51 - 'Sopranos' Star Had Heart Attack

James Gandolfini has reportedly passed away at the age of 51 of a heart attack while in Italy, sources confirmed to

The former Sopranos star was in Europe to attend the 2013 Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, where he was to participate in a festival event with director Gabriele Muccino.

James became a huge star back in 1999 with his role on the HBO series The Sopranos and he won three Emmy awards during the show’s six seasons. He is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, their daughter born in October 2012, and his teenage son from a previous marriage.

We send our thoughts and condolences to James‘ friends and family during this difficult time.

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  • Chrys

    Oh my God. RIP JAMES

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  • YIB

    omg! This can’t be real? I’m in shock

  • kylee

    51 is not old. basically still had 30 yrs to go.
    that’s how I’m gonna go? just random like that at whatever age you don’t even know it’s going to happen.
    mortality sucks.


    wow shocking…seemed like a nice guy

  • stacy

    Sad news RIP JAMES

  • Dee

    This is pretty crazy. Really sad.

    RIP JG.

  • Lola

    OMG, I’m shocked! RIP James Gandolfini

  • ck

    Very sad :(

  • RIP Tony Soprano

    WTF? Nooooooooooooo! I’m f*cking crying right now.

  • YIB

    RIP JG. it is very sad. I felt like someone I know in person died for some reason. My condulances to the family.

  • May he rest in peace

    He died in Sicily? Oh, the irony. RIP JG, another great man and actor gone too soon. You will be missed.

  • DV8

    Wow shocking! That’s so sad, he was a great actor. RIP James :(

  • Noooooooooooo

    I watched ‘Fade Away’ a couple of days ago… can’t believe it!! It’s so sad. RIP

  • OMG

    F^ck no!!! The Reaper should have taken a Kardashian instead! He was so talented and humble. Rest in peace James :’(

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  • Jan

    No!!! :(

  • Shocking

    He was whacked. It sucks! RIP James. How sad. Prayers for his wife and child.

  • constant_tork

    I can’t believe an 8 month old just lost their father. at age 51. how insane is this?

  • Delilah

    So sad. I loved him.

    RIP Tony Soprano!

    How shocking.

  • Wow

    OMG, talk about a cut-to-black ending that came way too soon.
    So sad. He will be truly missed.

    RIP James Gandolfini.

  • Susan

    Very sad and shocking news. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP James Gandolfini.

  • Lovey1119

    I just heard this is a hoax!!

  • groundcontrol

    What a shame. Sad.
    But 51? Seriously? He looks in his 60s and his history of drug use couldn’t have helped any. What a waste of a real talent. At least we have him on film to remember.

  • It’s very real

    HBO reps just confirmed.

  • So young, great Gandolfini

    I´m in really shock with James death. Life is … well…

    His family and her little kid .. and all world have lost a great person and a very good actor.

    Rest in peace James Gandolfini

  • Dan

    Amazing actor sad loss

  • Jack

    Amazing actor sad loss

  • TC

    And only 51 years old. Way too young. Tragic. You’ll be missed James.

  • Toni

    He was so young, I’m shocked :(

    My condolences to his family, and to friends.

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  • Kenny

    Really? They had to place a McDonalds ad next to the article. Why do you think 51 year olds have heart attacks?

  • LooseLipz

    Very tragic to die so young…however it should be a message to those who are overweight, using drugs or just not living healthy. The body will react . RIP James.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    I am so sad about this. Rest In Peace James. The entertainment world is going to be a lot more lame without you. 😥

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  • Jennifer

    R.I.P. James Gandolfini!

  • janus

    So his last movie is Violet & Daisy w/ Alexis Bledel &Saoirse Ronan and I still haven’t watch it coz its limited run WAAAH!!!

  • Sarah

    @janus: His last movie is Animal Rescue with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, it will be released next year.

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  • Shelbethegreat

    God, could be anyone of us. 51 aint that old, sure makes you think your number could be up at anytime.

  • Kali Orexi

    So shocked to hear James has passed away. My condolences to his wife, children, other family and friends. RIP James.

  • Apple

    Very sad mews .R.I.P. Prayers for his child and wife

  • Ava

    How shocking and sad, RIP James Gandolfini and how truly awful his daughter of less then a year will never know her father.

  • Nia

    Very sad indeed he seemed like a fun loving guy. Poor kids!

  • I’m E!

    Still shocked by the terrible news! How sad and unfair for his kids to lose their dad at such an early age! And so awful a talented and yet humble and “simple” guy like James had to go so young! May de rest in peace.
    I’m going to watch The Sopranos in his honor.