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Actor James Gandolfini Dead Due to Cardiac Arrest at Age 51

American actor James Gandolfini is dead. Initial reports suggest that Gandolfini was traveling through Rome en route to the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily when he passed away on June 19, 2013 due to cardiac arrest. He was slated to appear onstage at Italy's historic festival on June 22 with Italian director Gabriel Muccino.

The Emmy winning actor's career began on Broadway and soared to massive heights during the 1990s. Gandolfini earned his place in film history for his roles as the notorious Tony Soprano on the hit HBO series "The Sopranos" as well as his participation in several films including: "Where The Wild Things Are," "Welcome To The Rileys," "Zero Dark Thirty," "True Romance," "The Mexican," "Get Shorty," "Crimson Tide," and many others.

Gandolfini leaves behind wife Deborah Lin, an 8 month old daughter, a teenage son from his previous marriage to March Wudarski, colleagues, friends and a worldwide

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