Official: James Gandolfini died of heart attack

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As suspected, actor James Gandolfini died Wednesday of a heart attack. Autopsy results that were released by a spokesman for his family attributed his death in Italy to “natural causes.”

“James came here on a vacation with his family… he had a wonderful day. He visited The Vatican and had dinner at the hotel with his son awaiting the arrival of his sister,” according to a statement from Michael Kobold. “Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes. The autopsy further states that nothing else was found in his system.

“We are all devastated by this loss. James was a devoted husband, a loving father of two children, a brother and cousin you could always count on. We thank you for the privacy you have afforded us during this difficult time.”

Gandolfini, 51, was in Italy with his son Michael when he suffered a heart attack in his hotel room. The Emmy-award winning actor was in the country to receive an award at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

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