Actor James Gandolfini has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy, Nellie Andreeva of Deadline Hollywood reports.
HBO has confirmed that the 51-year-old has passed.
Gandolfini earned 3 Emmys (out of 6 nominations) and a Golden Globe during his 9-year stint playing Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos.”
“Jimmy was the spiritual core of our ‘Sopranos’ family, and I am stunned at this devastating loss,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, who helped develop the show as CEO of HBO, said. “He was a great talent, but an even better man.”
More recently Gandolfini played then-CIA director Leon Panetta in “Zero Dark Thirty.”
He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, the HBO limited series “Criminal Justice,” and the CBS show “Taxi 22.”
He leaves behind his wife, Deborah Lin, a young daughter, and a son from a previous marriage.
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