James Gandolfini Passes Away

James GandolfiniActor, producer and philanthropist James Gandolfini passed away today suddenly. He was 51. Deadline broke the news late Wednesday, saying Gandolfini suffered a suspected heart attack while in Italy.

Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano in the critically acclaimed HBO television series “The Sopranos,” for which he won both the Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award multiple times, Gandolfini was born September 18, 1961 and grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

While he may be most recognizable as Tony Soprano by fans, Gandolfini had a number of different roles in Hollywood, including “True Romance,” “Terminal Velocity,” “Get Shorty,” “The Juror,” “The Taking of Pelham 123″ and more. Early in his career during 1992, he appeared in a Broadway production of “On the Waterfront.” He most recently was set to appear in “Animal Rescue” alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, which is slated for a 2014 release.

Behind the camera, Gandolfini produced two documentaries with HBO: “Alive Day: Home from Iraq,” which focused on injured Iraq War veterans and the physical and emotional toll of reintegrating back into society; and “Wartorn: 1861-2010,” which explored and allayed the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder through American history. He also produced “Hemingway & Gelhorn,” the HBO miniseries about author Ernest Hemingway and the writer’s relationship with Martha Gelhorn. Gandolfini was a huge supporter of The Octoberwoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research in his hometown of Park Ridge, and appeared often in the foundation’s annual October banquet.

Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and his son Michael. The thoughts and prayers of Spinoff Online go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.

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Comments

  • Nightfall

    man this sucks!!

  • Jeff

    WTF

  • Uncle Junior

    False. Just another internet hoax you swallowed hook line & sinker.

  • Very Sad

    I don’t think so. Think this one has legs.

  • Flip Maker

    Junior: It’s not. Multiple sources confirming now.

  • JFSEB

    May he rest in peace, and may God comfort his family.

  • coalminds

    Amazing actor. You gotta take care of your body.

  • dekko

    Ok, I’m going to be the jerk to say it — is it really a surprise? The man was so unhealthy, it made me uncomfortable to listen to his labored breathing in the last few seasons of “The Sopranos.” I’m only saying this here because I doubt any of his loved ones are coming to this site for comfort. Not knowing the specifics and only going on what I’ve seen of him, he seemed to have had years to get his act together to avoid this. I feel bad for his family, but it appears to be something that *he* did to them by being so careless with his health.

  • GS

    I’m at HBO now and the atmosphere here is eerie.
    He was just here last week.
    R.I.P. James.
    You’ll be greatly missed.

  • Flip aker

    Dekko, it’s actually been well documented how he did get his act together. He changed his eating habits, his lifestyle, has a young child again. All reports were that he was a healthier man mentally and physically than ever.

    That said, why is it someone always feels the need to post something like this when someone is overweight? It’s an obvious thing to say just to say something, when really you’re adding nothing to the story except for disrespect for the deceased.

  • Sentry616

    The heart that attacked him was quoted as saying
    “I got nothin’ against the guy. It wasn’t personal, just business, you know how it is. Fuhgedaboutit.”

  • Sentry616
  • dekko

    Yes I am. Why should I automatically show respect for someone just because they’re deceased? I don’t care that he was overweight per se – I care that he contributed to his own demise and we shouldn’t overlook that.

  • demoncat_4

    this really sucks first kim thomson, now james guess god decided it was time to have him do some performing now in person . rip james you will be missed. and your legacy will live on forever. sympathy to his family and friends for the loss a big hollywood guy.

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  • stuffguywithstuff

    wow…thats too sudden

  • Sigh

    Save your breath, Flip. Dekko missed the class on class…

  • Bl00dwerK

    If you want to see him in a great role you may not have seen watch “The Mexican”. He’s awesome in it…

  • Herman

    A dear friend of James Gandolfini described his final moments before his heart attack here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA1Q5mGrA-8

  • LastBoomer

    dekko: asshole.

  • chakal

    Too early. Way too early.
    And let it be an example that you should take care of your health and obesity.