James Gandolfini, star of “The Sopranos” dead after heart attack at 51


NYP-James Gandolfini, the Emmy-winning actor who played Mafia boss Tony Soprano in the award winning HBO series, has died of a heart attack, The Post has learned. He was 51.

HBO confirmed that the heavyweight actor suffered a heart attack while in Rome, Italy, late today.

Gandolfini, who was born in New Jersey, was best known as the gruff mobster in smash TV show, which ran from 1999 to 2007.

His first Broadway role for “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1992 and his breakout big screen role was playing a hitman the Quentin Tarentino-penned “True Romance”

He recently played Leon Panetta in “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is based on the raid to take down Osama Bin Laden.

He was set to star in a seven-episode series called “Criminal Justice” on HBO.

Gandolfini, who lives in Greenwich Village, was born in Westwood, New Jersey, and attended Rutgers University.

~ by Rafael Martel on June 19, 2013.

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