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TMZ reporting James Gandolfini has died at 51

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James Gandolfini. photo: Barry Wetcher

ITALY (WITI) — TMZ has reported James Gandolfini, who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” — died Wednesday, June 19th in Italy.

Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

He was 51.

TMZ reports 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.  He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show’s 6 season run.

Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including “Get Shorty,” “The Mexican” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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