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James Gandolfini

Death Suite Rented Out

to NY Governor's GF

6/22/2013 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0622-james-gandolfini-sandra-lee-sub-gettyBusiness is business when it comes to the Italians and with James Gandolfini's body still warm, the hotel he died in has already rented out his room ... to none other than NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend!

The "Sopranos" star died from a fatal heart attack on Wednesday night, the room was rented on Thursday, and Sandra Lee checked in yesterday according to the NY Post.

The Food Network star arrived to hotel Boscolo Exedra Roma with her sister and nieces. A source told the paper that Lee's party  rented a few rooms at the luxury hotel, including the $671/night fourth-floor suite where Gandolfini’s 13-year-old son found him keeled over in the bathroom.

When singer Whitney Houston died in the bathtub of the Beverly Hills Hilton, they took the room off the rotation for quite some time ... but that's clearly not how it's done in Rome.

The Italians gotta make them euro euro bills y'all ...

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A rep for Lee tells US Weekly that Lee has since moved out of the room, saying, "Sandra Lee has moved out of the hotel room previously occupied by James Gandolfini ... The European paparazzi has been overwhelming ... with non-stop phone calls to the room ... reporters are pulling all sorts of trickery -- trying to bribe hotel staff to get into the suite."

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Cat mom    

And the reason why we need to know this is???

435 days ago
17.

Usagal    

Now TMZ is insulting Italians. Who writes this stuff?

435 days ago
18.

Kendra    

Are you guys at TMZ that stupid? Houston's death was suspicious and considered a crime scene (plus the room was littered with evidence). Gandolfini's death was not suspicous and the autopsy verified natural causes. I worked in the hotel industry for years. People die. The room is cleaned and then rented out.

435 days ago
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messygirl    

"Death suite"? Oh, please. Talk about ridiculous phrasing. Most people die indoors...is this really news worth reporting?

434 days ago
20.

Lots of luv     

RIP James you will be missed lots of luv from one of you fans cox

434 days ago
21.

The Universe    

So? What are they supposed to do turn the room into a shrine? I bet he's the the first person to die in one of their rooms and he won't be the last.

434 days ago
22.

D-Bohn    

He died on the crapper?

434 days ago
23.

Mia    

RIP, James; well done. Now on to the copy: Ummmm, died of a fatal heart attack? Really? Who's back reading this stuff before ya post it ....

434 days ago
24.

spectrabei    

Did it ever occur to you that James Gandolfini may have Died like Elvis "on the Sh`tter. It Makes Laxatives a viable option to death. Get some Laxatives! Save your own life!.

434 days ago
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2011mom    

Gandolfini, 51, was in his room at Hotel Exedra when he became ill around 10 p.m. local time, officials said. His son Michael, 13, called the reception desk for help, Laura Conti, marketing director of the hotel chain told ABC News.

When hotel staffers arrived in Gandolfini's room, they immediately called for an ambulance, she said. Conti said the actor was alive when the ambulance left for Policlinico Umberto I hospital in central Rome.

Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at around 10:40 p.m. in cardiac arrest, Prof. Claudio Modini, director of the Emergency Department of the Policlinico, told ABC News. The paramedics in the ambulance had already started the resuscitation procedures. Those efforts continued after arrival at the hospital for 40 minutes, after which Gandolfini was declared dead, Modini said.

434 days ago
26.

Amorita    

Stay classy, TMZ. I'm sure Hell has a special place for you.

434 days ago
27.

altalena89    

I have to say, TMZ, as an Italian, this article is quite offending! What do you expect? That the hotel won't rent the room for months? JG died of natural causes... So, as sorry as I am for his passing away, life has to go on also for hotels! And before saying something about Italians, we are not perfect but we are nice and caring people!

434 days ago
28.

Sites    

I liked him on the Sopranos

434 days ago
29.

Bec215    

TMZ grow up... it is neither a crime scene nor a shrine - he did not die in the bed, and there was no damage to the room. This sort of article embodies the worst of what the 24/7 news feed means.

434 days ago
30.

Merry    

she was at the same hotel when he died, and checked out because of the commotion.

433 days ago
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