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James Gandolfini

DIES IN ITALY

6/19/2013 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Gandolfini -- who famously played Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" -- died earlier today in Italy ... TMZ has learned.

Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51.

Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily -- and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit "True Romance" ... and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999.  He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show's 6 season run.

'Sopranos' creator David Chase tells TMZ ... "[James] was a genius. 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."

Chase added, "He was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain.”

Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including "Get Shorty," "The Mexican" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

We last spoke to Gandolfini in May in L.A. -- he was in great spirits, making funny faces and joking about a "Sopranos" movie.

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His 'Sopranos' co-star Joseph R. Gannascoli -- who played Vito -- tells us, "James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with ... and I will forever be indebted to him."

Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the couple's daughter in October 2012. He also has a teenage son from a previous marriage. R.I.P.

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Missy    

Awful. Love him. So talented.

455 days ago
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Gary    

OH NO!!!! A class act all the way around! You will be missed my friend!! Condolences to The Family!!

455 days ago
93.

Dick    

A sad day...a great loss so young!!!

455 days ago
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duilama    

I was not too surprised, with all these body fat, the heart had to be exhausted to pump oxygen all around.

Anyways, RIP. John Goodman and Roxanne Bar, any other overweight celebs including Alec Baldwin, take note, get healthy or you will be next.

455 days ago
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NoBozo    

Aw, what sad, sad news. He was a brilliant actor. What a loss for the acting community.
Rest in Peace, James.

455 days ago
96.

mich    

This is too shocking, what a great man, may he rip, way too young,my prayers are with his family

455 days ago
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Htownpostman    

http://en.mediamass.net/people/james-gandolfini/deathhoax.html

455 days ago
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GERSEYGAL    

A true Jersey guy, that made it big!! RIP...........

455 days ago
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Revelationz    

Such a tremendous loss...Rest in peace big guy

455 days ago
100.

deja    

appreciate life as much as possible, because as the saying goes life is over in the blink of an eye, and for some even sooner.....may he rest in peace...

455 days ago
101.

Azi    

Heartbreaking news sucks.

455 days ago
102.

Htownpostman    

Seeing now it was a hoax?

455 days ago
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Haywood_Jablomie    

What a shame. Gandolfini was a great actor and a good man. He was a new father. His daughter will now grow up never knowing her dad. At least he leave a legacy for her.

RIP.

455 days ago
104.

Nikki    

Jack Nicholson warned him.

455 days ago
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The Truth    

He sleeps with the fishes now!

455 days ago
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