James Gandolfini Dies From a Heart Attack at Age 51

james gandolfiniBeloved Sopranos actor James Gandolfini has died today. Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano, passed away in Italy at the age of 51 from what is believed to have been a heart attack. He has left his wife, Deborah Lin, and two children behind -- a daughter he had with Lin in 2012, and a teenage son from a previous marriage. Wow. Doesn't get much more sad than this.

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Gandolfini was one of the few actors in Hollywood who avoided the spotlight. He rarely gave interviews or appeared on magazine covers, instead choosing to focus on his craft. He won three Emmys and SAG awards for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, and most recently, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty, in which he played the head of the CIA.

It's always a tragedy when anyone passes away, but something feels just a little more depressing (and shocking) about Gandolfini's death. He was a modest guy who was one hell of an actor. And to think his two kids will grow up without him -- one never knowing him at all -- is enough to break your heart in two.

RIP, Mr. Gandolfini. We were lucky to have you. And you'll always be Tony to us.

Thoughts and prayers to James' family.

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Knitt... KnittyTina

So sad to hear this news.  He was a great actor and I enjoyed his movies and The Sopranos. 

CampClan CampClan

Why is everyone on Cafemom saying it's a hoax???

nonmember avatar Christina

I dont know if its true or not, but I found this http://en.mediamass.net/people/james-gandolfini/deathhoax.html

Venae Venae

So sad.  He was a great actor. 

Green... GreenEyesMom

That is very sad to hear. Will deff always remember him as Tony "Faaa get about it!"

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

There was a recent death hoax for James Gandalfini, which seems so much crueler now that he is deceased.  So sad.

daisyb daisyb

AWWW.. i hate to hear that- i liked him alot! RIP Tony..

Ronald Weiland

Tony Soprano... Always the BOSS. RIP My Man. RW USMC

jalaz77 jalaz77

I was so bummed about this. So damn young!

Maggie Edwards

I was an extra in All the Kings Men.   This man was so nice to the lowly extras - he treated us with respect and joked with us.  I may add so was Sean Penn and Jude Law.  They came back to premier the movie after Katrina which was special and he stopped and spoke.  What a kind wonderful man.

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