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James Gandolfini's Death

James Gandolfini

A real New Jersey kid, born and raised in the Garden State, made a name for himself on a hit cable t-v series as a mob boss – from where else but Jersey?

James Gandolfini seemed born to play the role of Tony Soprano, the mythical mobster who alternated from brutal, to warm, to highly conflicted. Over a span of 86 episodes over six seasons on the HBO hit, Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a couple of Golden Globes for Best Actor.

He also appeared in several full-length feature films, including "Get Shorty", "Crimson Tide" and "True Romance."

His ending shocked millions of people. Gandolfini was vacationing in Rome, ahead of a trip to Sicily to receive another film award. After taking in the sights on a very hot day, he was found on the floor of his hotel bathroom by his 13 year old son Michael, who called for help. Gandolfini was rushed to a nearby hospital but it was too late. He was dead. An autopsy revealed he suffered a heart attack.

And at his funeral, his co-stars from the TV show paid their respects.

A few weeks after his death, it was announced that Gandolfini left the bulk of his 70 million dollar estate to the teenaged son who made that tragic discovery in a bathroom in Rome.