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James Gandolfini

Remains Headed Home Tomorrow

6/23/2013 12:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The remains of James Gandolfini may be flown to his homeland Monday ... and it's no small feat.

A family spokesperson says, "The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening."

It often takes a week or longer to return a body when an American dies in Europe.  The red tape is unfathomable.

Funeral services for the 51-year-old "Sopranos" star are planned for later this week at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in NYC.

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Laura    

Rest in peace--you will be missed, James Gandolfini.

485 days ago
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pete shallac    

So sad.

485 days ago
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Richtofenspistol    

Sucks so bad that hes gone. I just had my annual Sopranothon in october. He was the best. I cant believe hes gone...

485 days ago
4.

Kelly    

Ciao, Italia!

485 days ago
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BB not bb    

They could have just buried him there. I guess there are a lot of people who want to go to his funeral and hang out at his grave though. He is some kind of an icon. I guess the blacks have their gangster rappers and the whites have this galoot.


He acts like any Joe Schmo from NJ. How is that great acting? I guess it is just the novelty of seeing a guy like that on TV that is so fascinating. I think his range of emotions is summed up in looking stupidly annoyed.


When you see David Chase, he looks like such a neurotic twit, it is shocking. He looks like the type that is scared to be Italian. Some Italians are ashamed because they think their culture is backwards. They want to be modern and in the process, they lose their souls.

485 days ago
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Throwback kid    

I think he was a great character actor, not a movie star, there is a big difference. Tom Cruise is a movie star, he just does his fake smile and you always know it is Tom Cruise, whether he is a Top Gun pilot or dancing on a bar mixing drinks in ****tail, you know it is Cruise. The same thing goes for Stallone, the scripts are different but it always feels like it's just Stallone doing a different script.

When I saw True Romance I had no idea who James Gandolfini was? But you can't forget the scene he had while Brad Pitt's character is stoned on the couch. I then saw him in Crimson Tide, Gene Hackmen and Denzel Washington were the stars in that but again Gandolfini shines in his scenes. That is a great character actor RIP

485 days ago
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Wash. Hts. Girl    

Will his current widow attend, or is she still out shopping? Nice that he will have his service on the UWS. It is going to be jammed!

485 days ago
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shanice    

There's always a reason for everything .. while his death a tremendous loss to his family, he got to die in a place he really wanted to visit and he got to die with his family by his side, even as horrific as it is as a loss. Many people don't get to say goodbye to their loved ones and most die in horrible ways, certainly not in beautiful countries doing what they loved to do.
For those who judge his widow, you have no idea what legal paperwork she has had to come home and go through due to his death, my heart goes out to her. To his kids, I can't imagine the trauma his son will endure for many years to come watching his father die and their baby girl never knowing her daddy.
Still yet, his memories will always live through his work and that is such a blessing. When non famous people die all our loved ones have is photos and maybe some home movies, memories.
In the weeks to come, may his family find comfort during this difficult time.
We're gonna miss you as fans, James.

485 days ago
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Baby pink    

It's amazing & touching @ how effected so many people were over James death. The last time I was this moved was win Princess Diana died, before that it was over Elvis. The out-pour of emotions and "opinions" have been extrodinary just the same per the classification of his range of acting skills. Perhaps it was "only"@ HBO that James was considered as an *Icon* and David Chase was exclusive on his comnent of Mr. Gandolfini being "Mozart"!! But, These words spoken by the one that wrote the story lines for "The Rockford Files" & whose resame boasts decades of experience & aquaintances, it definitely means something!! Btw, for those that hacen't seen "The Last Castle" staring James Gandolfini & Robert Redford, u may watch it before making any more comments on acting categories.

485 days ago
10.

Baby pink    

..haven't..

485 days ago
11.

viktor    

obama 2016

485 days ago
12.

MadCharles    

The acting crowd is fine when they are playing someone else, but when their in their own self their a mess..

485 days ago
13.

manbearpig    

remains? was he blown up?

485 days ago

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