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James Gandolfini's Rolex Taken as He Lay Dying: Prosecutors

Paramedic Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, is accused
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2016 2:05 PM CDT
James Gandolfini's Rolex Taken as He Lay Dying: Prosecutors
This undated publicity photo released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano, head of the New Jersey crime family portrayed in HBO's "The Sopranos."   (AP Photo/HBO, Barry Wetcher, File)

(Newser) – A paramedic in Italy is accused of pilfering James Gandolfini's Rolex Submariner watch as the actor lay dying, NBC News reports. Prosecutors say Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, stole the $3,000 watch after the actor suffered a massive heart attack in June 2013—but it's not clear whether the watch was taken from his wrist or his room at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Rome. Gandolfini, then 51, was declared dead 20 minutes after he arrived at a hospital, the New York Daily News recalls. The first hearing for Bevilacqua was held Monday in Rome, where the trial was postponed until November. TMZ broke the story in 2013, when Gandolfini reps said the "Rollie" was missing. (Read more Rolex stories.)

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