James Gandolfini – Tony Soprano


[highlight]June 4, 2013- Rome[/highlight]


Gandolfini, 51, was in his room at Hotel Exedra in Rome when he became ill around 10 p.m. local time, officials said.

“The Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini was at a Rome hotel vacationing with his son Wednesday when paramedics brought him to a hospital in cardiac arrest, officials said. Doctors pronounced him dead less than an hour later.His son Michael called the reception desk for help, Laura Conti, marketing director of the hotel chain told ABC News.


When hotel staffers arrived in Gandolfini’s room, they immediately called for an ambulance, she said. Conti said the actor was alive when the ambulance left for Policlinico Umberto I hospital in central Rome.


Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at around 10.40 pm in cardiac arrest, Prof. Claudio Modini, director of the Emergency Department of the Policlinico, told ABC News. The paramedics in the ambulance had already started the resuscitation procedures. Those efforts continued after arrival at the hospital for 40 minutes, after which Gandolfini was declared dead, Modini said

More than 100 people lined up outside St. John the Divine church on Manhattan’s upper East Side this morning for James Gandolfini’s funeral.

Among the well-known guests: actor Alec Baldwin, Jets owner Woody Johnson and a host of Mr. Gandolfini’s co-stars from the legendary television show “The Sopranos,” including Edie Falco and Steve Buscemi.[wsj]