Son, 13, Found Dying Gandolfini
They were on 'guys' trip' to Italy
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
James Gandolfini accompanies his son Michael to the special screening of the Dreamworks animation movie Shrek the Third in New York, Monday, May, 14, 2007.   (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

(Newser) – James Gandolfini was found, collapsed in the bathroom of his Rome hotel room around 10pm local time last night, by his own young son, NBC News reports. Michael, 13, called for help, the hotel manager says, and Gandolfini was alive when the ambulance arrived. Hotel workers had tried to resuscitate him, but he was dead by the time he arrived at the hospital. He died after suffering cardiac arrest, but the autopsy has not yet been completed, the AP reports. The head of the hospital's ER tells CNN it was "probably a natural cause of death, myocardial infarction," or heart attack.

Gandolfini was on a "guys' trip" with Michael, who had just graduated from 8th grade, sources tell TMZ; USA Today reports, however, that his second wife, baby daughter, and other family members were also on the trip. Michael's mom, Gandolfini's first wife, reportedly flew to Italy after Gandolfini's death. The Sopranos actor was scheduled to appear Saturday at Sicily's Taormina Film Festival as a guest of honor. Instead, festival organizers say they will organize a tribute "to celebrate his great achievement and talent." While in Italy, Gandolfini had been excited "to reconnect with his Italian roots," says the film festival director, who spoke to Gandolfini hours before his death; his assistant says the family "had a marvelous day together." Needless to say, colleagues and other VIPs are heaping praise upon him. Sopranos co-star Lorraine Bracco said in a statement, "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."

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Imhotep
Jun 21, 2013 8:22 AM CDT
I don't know much about him other than the Soprano's show. When I tried to watch all the episodes one after the other it made me sick to my stomach. I never watched another. I can understand why it made him sick to be that character. I guess once a week was the recommended dose. About all anyone could really handle. He could have lost a few pounds. Looks like he was thin when he was in his 20's.
iq145
Jun 20, 2013 8:48 PM CDT
In my heart, he'll always be T ...the master actor and star of my all time favourite show, based in the places where i grew up :-)
HonkUSA
Jun 20, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
Well , he can't appear at the film festival in Sicily , but maybe he can be a 'dead ringer ' at St Peter's .