DEAD: ON THIS DATE
James Gandolfini (aged 51)
James Joseph Gandolfini Jr.; September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor best known for his role as Tony Soprano, the Italian-American crime boss in HBO’s television series The Sopranos. He won three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. Gandolfini’s performance as Tony Soprano is widely regarded as among the greatest performances in television history.
DEATH: Gandolfini died suddenly at the age of 51 in Rome on June 19, 2013. He was expected to travel to Sicily a few days later to receive an award at the Taormina Film Fest. After he and his family had spent the day sightseeing in sweltering heat, his 13-year-old son Michael discovered him unconscious at around 10 p.m. local time on the bathroom floor at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel. Michael called reception, who in turn called emergency paramedics. Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at 10:40 p.m. and was pronounced dead 20 minutes later. An autopsy confirmed that he had died of a heart attack.
Gandolfini’s funeral service was held on June 27, 2013, at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. He was cremated and his ashes were given to his family.