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Originally posted 06/27/2013 10:55AM
Friends and family are saying their final goodbyes to James Gandolfini.
During the late actor's Thursday morning funeral service at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the triple-Emmy winner was remembered by his wife Deborah Lin Gandolfini, family friends Thomas Richardson and Susan Aston and David Chase, the creator and executive producer of the television show that made Gandolfini a household name, The Sopranos.
Also in attendance were Gandolfini's Sopranos costars Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, Vincent Pastore, Aida Turturro, Dominic Chianese, Joe Pantoliano, Julianna Margulies and Steve Buscemi, his Juror costar Alec Baldwin and God of Carnage costar Marcia Gay Harden, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The 90-minute service was lead by the Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski.
Originally posted 06/27/2013 07:00AM
Emotions ran high Wednesday night at a New Jersey funeral home for a by-invitation-only private wake for James Gandolfini, who died last week.
The actor's widow, Deborah Lin, and their 8-month-old daughter, Liliana, were among the first mourners to arrive, having flown in from California, reports New York's Daily News.
"It's a nightmare for the whole family. It's a horrible, horrible thing, everybody is just devastated,” Bob Price, whose wife is a cousin of the late star, told the newspaper. "This man was everybody's hero. It's just the worst thing that could have happened."
Originally posted 06/23/2013 04:00PM
The body of James Gandolfini, who died in Rome Wednesday, has been returned to the U.S., a Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesman confirms.
A Signature Airlines flight carrying the actor's body arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Rome Sunday night. The body was taken from the airport around 11:20 p.m., said the Port Authority rep, Steve Coleman.
News reports say the body was then taken to a New Jersey funeral home.
Sunday morning, family spokesman Michael Kobold said: "On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini's remains to the United States.
Originally posted 06/22/2013 03:30PM
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Originally posted 06/21/2013 09:40AM
An autopsy on the body of the late actor James Gandolfini confirms The Sopranos star died of a heart attack.
"Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes," the actor's spokesperson, Michael Kobold, told reporters on Friday. "The autopsy further states that nothing else was found in his system."
"We are all devastated by this loss," he said. "James was a devoted husband, a loving father of two children, a brother and cousin you could always count on. We thank you for the privacy you have afforded us during this difficult time."
Originally posted 06/20/2013 02:00PM
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Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:00AM
James Gandolfini's sudden death of an apparent heart attack at age 51 has stunned the actor's costars and fans, who were quick to pay tribute to the late Emmy winner known best as Tony Soprano.
"Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world," Gandolfini's Sopranos costar Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, said in a statement to PEOPLE. "Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy."
"Fughedabout losing one of the best actors of our time – we lost so much more," Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "Anyone from the Soprano family will tell you he was one of the most generous, real and humble human beings ever, with a presence that could shatter planets when he walked into a room. A king through [and] through. So very sorry for his family."
Originally posted 06/20/2013 02:45PM
About to become a parent herself later this summer, Jamie-Lynn Sigler is keeping James Gandolfini's wife and children in her thoughts as she mourns the Wednesday death of her TV father.
"This news has left me heartbroken," the actress tells PEOPLE in a statement. "I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael and Liliana."
"I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly, one of the greatest men," Sigler, who played daughter Meadow Soprano on the hit HBO show, continues.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:40AM
As tributes pour in from around the globe for James Gandolfini,, who died of an apparent heart attack in Rome on Wednesday, one Bloomfield, N.J., restaurant is paying tribute to the late actor in its own way.
At Holsten's, where the unforgettable final scene of The Sopranos was filmed, the booth where Tony Soprano and his family dined is being kept empty in Gandolfini's honor, the New York Post reports.
A sign that reads "reserved" marked the spot Wednesday.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:20AM
Tony and Carmela Soprano had one of the most turbulent relationships in the history of television, but a day after James Gandolfini's shocking death in Italy, TV wife Edie Falco offers an emotional tribute to the man who was her intimate collaborator for a decade.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," Falco says in a statement. "He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague."
The Sopranos racked up Emmy awards for its fictional portrayal of the dysfunctional New Jersey crime family, with Gandolfini and Falco at its emotional core.
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