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Report: James Gandolfini dead of heart attack in Italy

The actor was 51.

Rocktoberfest Opening Night Gala James Gandolfini was 51 years old.
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James Gandolfini, who won three Emmys for his role as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," reportedly died in Italy today after suffering a heart attack,TMZ reports. He was 51.

Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. [embedgallery id=172167]

He first garnered fame playing a hitman in 1993's "True Romance." But it was his role as the brash, troubled mob boss Tony Soprano that earned him legions of fans of the six-season HBO series.

Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the couple's daughter in October. He has a teenage son from a previous marriage.

More on this story as it develops.

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