James Gandolfini Actor's Body Returned Home to New Jersey

6/23/2013 6:45 PM PDT

James Gandolfini'
s body has arrived in New Jersey via private jet, TMZ has learned.

The actor's body was flown in via Signature Airlines from Rome -- where James died earlier this week. The plane touched down at Newark airport around 9 PM ET.

We're told the body of "The Sopranos" star will be taken to a funeral home where it will remain until the service -- set for Thursday.

The 51-year-old died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was born and raised in Jersey.