James Gandolfini died of a heart attack, spokesman confirms
This is really just signing paperwork at this point, but a family friend confirmed Friday that actor James Gandolfini indeed dies of a heart attack in Rome on Wednesday. There was no evidence of it being anything other than natural causes.
Michael Kobold told the AP that the 51-year-old was in town for a film festival and had been vacationing with his 13-year-old son Michael while awaiting the arrival of Gandolfini's sister, Leta. "He had a wonderful day," Kobold said. He added the family had asked him to act as a spokesman.
"There's nothing out of the ordinary. It was a heart attack. It was a natural cause," he said, addressing speculation about a potential history of heart trouble. "There was no foul play, no substance abuse. None of that." Unfortunately, Fox News reports a hotel manager said it was son Michael who found Gandolfini in the actor's hotel bathroom.
The family is working with the Italian government to speed up the process of transporting Gandolfini's body to the United States. A funeral has been tentatively planned in New York by June 29 at the latest, the AP says.