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James Gandolfini dead

James Gandolfini reportedly died from cardiac failure Wednesday morning in Italy as The Sopranos star visited the country to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

The Sopranos actor was in Sicily to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival.

Deadline reports the star never made it to the festivities as he apparently suffered a fatal heart attack.

James was 51-years-old when he passed away and his official cause of death has not yet been revealed.

His acting career rose to new heights with his breakthrough performance as a hit man in 1993 cult crime thriller True Romance, which was written by Quentin Tarantino. He became a household name with his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano in hit HBO drama The Sopranos. The show ran six seasons from 1999 to 2007.

Although Tony depicted tough men onscreen, in real life he was apparently loving, kind and gentle.

It is said that his presence is already sorely missed by numerous loved ones.

“Everyone is in tears,” a source told the Daily News.

James left behind wife Deborah Lin, a former model whom he married in 2008 after they dated for two years. The couple welcomed a daughter in October 2012.

He is also survived by teenage son Michael from his previous marriage to Marcy Wudarski.

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