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Gandolfini body set to return home

Actor James Gandolfini's body may be repatriated to the US as soon as Monday, according to a family spokesman.

Michael Kobold told reporters on Sunday that the "provisional plan" is to depart Rome on Monday afternoon for the US, several days earlier than anticipated. He did not specify which airport the body would be flown to.

Mr Kobold thanked Italian and US authorities, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, his predecessor Hilary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton for helping with arrangements.

Gandolfini, 51, died on Wednesday in Rome. Mr Kobold has said an autopsy revealed the cause was a heart attack, although authorities have not released the report.

The Sopranos star had been en route to Sicily for an appearance at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him on Saturday.

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