In Memoriam: James Gandolfini (1961-2013)

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To my incredible shock and dismay. It has been revealed that whilst on holiday in Rome, Italy. James Gandolfini has passed away from a heart attack at age 51. The beloved actor who played iconic mobster Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos” (1999), will be sorely missed by fans of the show and the silver screen alike.

A veteran of the entertainment business, Gandolfini had been circulating Hollywood in films such as Crimson Tide, and True Romance, when he landed the epochal role of a mobster suffering from panic attacks. Played to perfection, Gandolfini humanised Tony Soprano, through his stoic demeanour and emotional tenses that allowed audiences to empathise with a person who would otherwise be considered a monster. “The Sopranos” had challenged the family convention while stirring perspectives on society’s moral code.

HBO released a statement saying: “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss…

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