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James Gandolfini dead at 51 – Possible Heart Attack in Italy

James Gandolfini died in Italy today, reports TMZ. He was 51. Developing…

Update: Variety has confirmed that Gandolfini died of a stroke (now updated to possible heart attack).

HBO also confirms that James Gandolfini has died.

James Gandolfini dead at 51 - Report

James Gandolfini dead at 51 – Report

From TMZ:

James Gandolfini — who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” — reportedly died earlier today in Italy … TMZ has learned.

The details surrounding Gandolfini’s death are unclear. He was 51.

Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit “True Romance” … and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999.

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