Soprano’s Leading Man James Gandolfini Dead at 51, HBO Confirms

Tony SopranoHBO, the network that employed James Gandolfini, 51, from 1999 to 2007 during his incredible run on The Sopranos, has confirmed his tragic death in Italy today.

The Emmy-winning, Jersey-born actor suffered an apparent heart attack during a trip to Sicily for the 59th Taormina Film Festival.

Gandolfini, who rose to fame in films like True Romance and Get Shorty and recently starred in Zero Dark Thirty, is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, eight-month-old daughter and teenage son.

His upcoming projects included HBO’s Criminal Justice, based on the BBC show of the same name and Animal Rescue, co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.