Details Of James Gandolfini's Death Emerge: Son Was By His Side As He Fought To Live

by
Owen Poindexter
The lovable James Gandolfini, best known for his leading role as Tony Soprano in the Sopranos, passed away in Rome late Wednesday night at the age of 51. Details have since emerged about the cause and circumstances around Gandolfini's death.

james gandolfini, tony soprano, gandolfini death, soprano death
James Gandolfini, right, being his lovable self with a Sopranos co-star and a USO officer. PHOTO: Public domain
 
James Gandolfini, best known for his leading role as Tony Soprano in the Sopranos, passed away in Rome late Wednesday night at the age of 51. Details have since emerged about the cause and circumstances around Gandolfini's death. Far from the underworld hits he ordered as Tony Soprano, Gandolfini died in a simple, all too common way: he had a heart attack.
 
Gandolfini was with his 13 year-old son Michael on a trip to Rome, where he the late actor was to attend the Taormina film festival in Sicily. At around 10p.m., Gandolfini was found passed out but alive on his hotel bathroom floor by his son, who called the reception desk for help. He was taken to Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in cardiac arrest at 10:20. After forty minutes of trying to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at 11p.m.

James Gandolfini was a wealthy man who sought to portray that one can be an American success story and still not feel fulfilled. A New Jersey native, he feels a little like cinema's Bruce Springsteen. He was best known for his masterful portrayal of Tony Soprano, a strangely lovable bad guy, but he had a long career of playing lovable bad guys, grumpy dads, and the guy who is a lot funnier than you expect. Gandolfini will appear posthumously in an already-shot movie called "Animal Rescue," set to come out in 2014.

Carbonated.TV