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Friday 26 December 2014

James Gandolfini funeral planned

James Gandolfini died in Rome on Wednesday
James Gandolfini died in Rome on Wednesday

A funeral service for actor James Gandolfini will be held on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of the family said the funeral is scheduled for 10am.

The 51-year-old star of The Sopranos died on Wednesday in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold said the actor died of a heart attack.

A Signature Airlines flight carrying Gandolfini's body arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Rome on Sunday night, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman told the Star-Ledger of Newark. He said the body was taken from the airport at around 11.20pm but did not say where.

The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him on Saturday.

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