LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini died Wednesday.
The three-time Emmy winning actor died of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome, Italy. Gandolfini was 51.
Less than two weeks ago, CBS announced it had given a script commitment to “Taxi-22,” a comedy based on a French series that Gandolfini was set to executive produce.
Gandolfini’s wife, former model Deborah Lin, gave birth to a baby girl last October. The couple married in Hawaii five years ago. Gandolfini also has a teenage son with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski.
His first break came in 1992 after he landed a role in a Broadway revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” that starred Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.
The popular and acclaimed actor was in Italy to attend the Taormina Film Festival this weekend. He also told friend Gilles Marini that he was excited to go to the festival with his son for a “boys weekend.”
“The hotel notified the emergency crews who responded and first aid was administered before Mr. Galdonfini was taken to the hospital where he died of an apparent heart attack,” family friend Michael Kolbold told KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou.