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Emmy-winning actor James Gandolfini dies at 51

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The Emmy Award-winning James Gandolfini, star of HBO's, "The Sopranos", died Wednesday.

The actor, best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano on the television series died while vacationing in Rome, Italy.

HBO and the actor's managers confirmed the news.  According to the network, the possible cause was a heart attack. 

The actor rose to fame in his late thirties when the mob drama "The Sopranos" debuted in 1999.

The award-winning series, which revolved around the soprano family, came to an end eight years later.

Gandolfini had little to say about the series ending as he walked a red carpet in 2007 for a private party to mark the final episode.  He often said in interviews he didn't think of himself as interesting- just a man doing what he called a silly job.

Gandolfini was also a stage actor, appearing in plays including "God of Carnage" on Broadway.

HBO released a statement, calling the actor a great talent and a gentle and loving person.

His managers said, "Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply."

Gandolfini leaves behind a wife and daughter and a son from a previous marriage. 

James Gandolfini was 51-years-old.

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