ROME, Italy - James Gandolfini, who played the role of a therapy-seeking mafia boss in “The Soporanos”, died aged 51 on Wednesday night. Gandolfini was on vacation in Italy when he suffered a heart attack. The 51-year-old actor was supposed to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
A statement issued by the actor’s managers on Wednesday night read: “It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy.” Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano.
The star of the series that ran for six seasons on HBO was born in 1961 in Westwood, New Jersey, from parents of Italian origin. Gandolfini’s acting career took off in 1992 when he was given a part in a Broadway production. The following year he played the role of a mobster in the movie True Romance.