James Gandolfini dead at 51, HBO confirms
06/19/2013 by Kristina Lopez
Former "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51, HBO confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday, June 19. Gandolfini died of a possible heart attack, according to ABC News. The actor was vacationing in Rome, Italy, at the time of his death, his personal managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, said in a statement to the news outlet. "It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy. Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving," Armstrong and Sanders' statement said. HBO said in a statement: "We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was [a] special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us." David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos" said about Gandolfini's death in a statement to KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company:
- "He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah [Gandolfini's wife] and Michael and Liliana [Gandolfini's children] this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world. He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
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