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James Gandolfini, best known to millions as TV's Tony Soprano, died Wednesday in Europe.
The 51 year old actor suffered a heart attack while in Italy for the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, according to multiple outlets.
The New Jersey born Gandolfini won 3 Emmys for his portrayal of the main character in the acclaimed drama "The Sopranos," which ran for 6 seasons on HBO. He recently reunited with "Sopranos" honcho David Chase in the '60s rock-n-roll fueled movie "Not Fade Away," which included music supervision from Gandolfini's "Sopranos" co-star "Little" Steven Van Zandt.
The actor had memorable roles in "Get Shorty" (opposite John Travolta), "The Mexican" (starring Brad Pitt), "Welcome to the Rileys" (with Kristen Stewart) and the award-winning "Zero Dark Thirty." He was part of John Cusack's "Money for Nothing" back in 1993, but it was his role as Virgil in "True Romance" (released the same year) that garnered him his first big attention.
He was a producer on the HBO mini-series "Hemingway & Gellhorn" and was working with the network on a 7-part limited series called "Criminal Justice."
Gandolfini's wife, Deborah Lin, gave birth to their daughter in October of last year. He is also survived by a teenaged son from his first marriage.