James Gandolfini, 'Sopranos' actor, dead at 51

James Gandolfini. (Source: MGN Online/HBO)
James Gandolfini. (Source: MGN Online/HBO)

(RNN) - The actor who played one of television's most memorable characters has died, according to Variety and multiple other sources.

HBO has confirmed that James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano on HBO's classic The Sopranos, is believed to have died from a heart attack while attending a film festival in Italy. He was 51.

He was there to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

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