Actor James Gandolfini dead at 51



by Chris Patterson

ITALY -- Actor James Gandolfini has died after suffering a possible heart attack in Italy, an HBO spokeswoman and the actor's manager said Wednesday. Gandolfini is best known from his award-winning role on "The Sopranos," which ran on HBO.

"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family," the network said in a statement. "He was a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us."

His represenatives in announcing the death did not give a cause.

Gandolfini was on vacation but also reportedly planned to attend a film festival in Sicily.