Sad New Details Emerge Around James Gandolfini’s Death

(Getty Images)While the tragic news of James Gandolfini's unexpected passing has left his many fans shocked and saddened, new details have emerged about his death.

The 51-year-old was on a boys' trip to Italy with his son, Michael, according to his actor-friend Gilles Marini ("Brothers & Sisters," "Dancing With the Stars"). They were in Rome celebrating the 13-year-old's eighth-grade graduation, and then the "Sopranos" star was expected to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily this weekend and receive the Taormina City Prize.

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The New Jersey-born actor was in his hotel room at the Boscolo Exedra Roma when he became ill at about 10 p.m. local time. Antonio D'Amore, a spokesperson for the five-star hotel, told the "Today" show that the star's son called the reception desk to summon help upon discovering his father in the bathroom after he had apparently suffered a heart attack.

When hotel personnel arrived, Gandolfini was on the bathroom floor with his son by his side, and he was still alive, D'Amore said. Efforts to resuscitate Gandolfini were made and continued as he was driven to the nearby Policlinico Umberto I Hospital.

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Claudio Modini, the director of the Emergency Department of Policlinico, told ABC News that Gandolfini arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest at 10:20 p.m. Resuscitation efforts continued for 40 minutes, at which point he was pronounced dead. His official time of death was 11 p.m.


The "Zero Dark Thirty" star's cause of death is still undetermined. An autopsy will take place Friday because Italian law stipulates that an autopsy be conducted at least 24 hours after the death occurred.

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Also, before Italian authorities can release Gandolfini's remains for transport back to the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Rome must issue a death certificate.

TMZ reports that Gandolfini's first wife, Marcy Wudarski, immediately flew to Italy to be with their son.

The actor was married to Deborah Lin Gandolfini, who gave birth to the actor's second child, a daughter, last fall.

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Tony the Boss

He couldn't always control his temper (see Ralph Cifaretto's head in a bowling bag), but he was a leader, and ultimately the leader, of the Sopranos crew because he was smarter and more ... more 
Tony the Boss

He couldn't always control his temper (see Ralph Cifaretto's head in a bowling bag), but he was a leader, and ultimately the leader, of the Sopranos crew because he was smarter and more curious than the rest of his cohorts. He even took Dr. Melfi's recommendation for some professional development reading.

"Been reading that book you told me about. You know, 'The Art of War,' by Sun Tzu," he told her. "I mean, here's this guy, a Chinese general, wrote this thing 2,400 years ago, and most of it still applies today! 'Balk the enemy's power' ... 'Force him to reveal himself.' You know, most of the guys I know, they read Prince Machiavelli, and I had Carmela go and get the Cliff Notes once, and he's OK. But this book is much better about strategy." less 
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