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James Gandolfini, known for his iconic role as ‘Tony Soprano’ on the HBO classic series, “The Sopranos,” died today in Italy, reports TMZ.

He was 51-years-old.

According to various media reports, Gandolfini was attending the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

He reportedly died of a heart attack.

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Though the amazing Gandolfini was in a string of successful movies, including “Get Shorty” and “The Mexican,” he became a household name in 1999 when he was cast as larger than life crime boss Tony Soprano, winning 3 Emmy Awards for his rich portrayal over 6 seasons.

See a gripping scene between he and TV wife Carmela Soprano, played brilliantly by Edie Falco below:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9oY7zpan18?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360%5D

See Gandolfini in a powerful scene staging a drug intervention for a family member:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_peSCECc4I?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360%5D

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