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James Gandolfini

Family Blindsided

No Health Issues Suspected

6/21/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Aside from his weight, James Gandolfini didn't have ANY underlying health problems before his death ... at least that his family was aware of, TMZ has learned.

Sources extremely close to Gandolfini's family tell us, the "Sopranos" actor never once mentioned that he was suffering from heart or other health issues -- and by all appearances, he was in near-perfect condition.

Gandolfini has admitted to having problems with cocaine and alcohol in the past -- and obviously struggled with his weight -- but we're told the family was utterly blindsided by his sudden death.

As we reported, Gandolfini passed away Wednesday from an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Italy. He was 51.

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1.

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Blindsided? No health issues? The guy was a 300+ pound morbidly obese 51 year old. Don't get me wrong.. it's sad but not exactly shocking.

403 days ago
2.

HooahJuice    

RIP

TMZ, start a notification system. Or hell, implement a message system so I can message the idiots and let them know how stupid they sound when they trash innocent people just trying to make a living. Oh yeah, leave Kim Kardashian alone. What is Radar and why do people keep saying I was there too? Douchebag comment in 3...2...1.. GOOOOO

403 days ago
3.

NOT ELMO    

He probably had High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol But Didn't know it, That's why it is sooo important to get a Check Up 1 or 2 Times a Year....

403 days ago
4.

Cartman    

No health issues suspected besides his massive coke habit. Drugs kill, this guy is proof.

403 days ago
5.

gayforliztaylor    

The son discovered him cold & dead.
Take care of your blood pressure and never start using drugs if you plan to have a child in 20 years.

403 days ago
6.

Kelly    

No health issue suspected... laying aside the fact that he weighed 500 lbs. Got it.

403 days ago
7.

James R. - Los Angeles    

He died of a heart attack because he find out what obamacare was going to cost him.

403 days ago
8.

shakedoggy    

his mafia son just told him he was gay seconds before

403 days ago
9.

melbrooks    

Now how in the hell can that be true? I say a pic onn tv reptd he was outta breath leanin on a lamppost,march 27...was on los angeles news....4,5,9 or 7...so I def call bull****

403 days ago
10.

Jeff    

If you get away with doing coc' for many years, coc' destroys the inner heart, by hardening the valves and arteries, leading them to crack, and internal bleeding, among other things. It's just another one of those costs of doing business.

403 days ago
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BB not bb    

Carrying all of that extra weight around takes its toll on your organs over the years. After a while of straining day after day, your body just gives out. Any little shock could set you off, such as being in a new place on vacation.


He looks pretty obese. He doesn't look like the athletic type either. Some people are heavy but they do sports. He looked like it was a pain for him to even walk.


If he has a lot of money, he probably ate steaks and prime ribs every night. That can put a lot of strain on your body. It is very hard to digest meat in the first place.


I don't know what most people who are obese eat. It could be a lot of healthy foods but with too much grease and then they just put on the pounds. I think too much extra fat makes you get fat.

403 days ago
12.

Julies    

Seriously, people who carry weight around their middle are susceptible to many life-threatening health issues. God bless him and his family. So sad. RIP.

403 days ago
13.

Pmicky    

Other than smoking cigars and being obese, he was in tip top shape. Okay.

403 days ago
14.

TheMachine1    

Often the first symptom a person with heart disease notices is a heart attack. And that is often fatal.

403 days ago
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FastNOC    

ROFL Aside from his weight? What more did they need but the fact that he was obese and had been for years. he's lucky he surved as long as he did as badly as he took care of himself.

sad that he died, but shocking that someone could be surprised. imagine what his cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and body fat were? and they were shocked?

403 days ago
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