Gandolfini's Last Meal Booze-Filled: Source

Actor said to have had 8 drinks

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 21, 2013 8:27 AM CDT | Updated Jun 21, 2013 10:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – James Gandolfini's autopsy was conducted today in Italy, and though no official word has been given, a hospital source tells Reuters it confirmed the actor's cause of death was a heart attack. An Italian official gives the same confirmation to CNN. Doctors will make the official announcement later today, after the US Embassy and Gandolfini's family are officially informed. Meanwhile, both the New York Post and the New York Daily News ran what are purported to be the last photos taken of Gandolfini, dining on Tuesday night in Rome. According to a Post source, his final meal, around 7pm on Wednesday, included at least eight alcoholic beverages: four shots of rum, two piña coladas, and two beers, plus two orders of fried king prawns and a lot of foie gras.

Actor James Gandolfini arrives at the Cinema for Peace benefit for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Beverly Hills, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.
Actor James Gandolfini arrives at the Cinema for Peace benefit for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Beverly Hills, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
This undated publicity photo, released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano.
This undated publicity photo, released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano.   (AP Photo/HBO, Barry Wetcher, File)
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