Italy Hospital: Gandolfini Died Of Cardiac Arrest

This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows James Gandolfini in a scene from "Killing Them Softly."
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Associated Press Release

(AP) -- A friend of James Gandolfini says the actor was discovered by a family member after he suffered an apparent heart attack in his hotel room in Rome.

Michael Kobold, who described himself as a close family friend, read a short statement to reporters Thursday and said little more about the circumstances of Gandolfini's fatal attack. He did not say who discovered Gandolfini.

Gandolfini, star of "The Sopranos," was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at a Rome hospital late Wednesday night.

Gandolfni had appeared in advertisements for Kobold's company, Kobold Watches.

Associated Press Release

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- HBO and James Gandolfini's managers say the actor famous for "The Sopranos" has died in Italy.

CBS News Web Copy

Emmy-award winning actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano on the HBO mobster drama "The Sopranos," died, HBO confirms. He was 51.

In a press release, HBO spokesperson Mara Mikialian said Gandolfini died of a possible heart attack while vacationing in Italy.

Gandolfini won three Emmy's for his portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss. According to Deadline, he was in the works to star in a new limited series for HBO, called Criminal Justice.

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