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Breaking news now on Fox News Channel and the stunning announcement has just come.
That the actor James Gandolfini of sopranos fame and beyond has died at the age of 51.
The word is from multiple reports and multiple sources including HBO and others.
That he died of a massive heart attack while on vacation believed to have been in Italy.
He has recently been working with fox searchlight.
Which is owned by the parent company of this network on animal rescue the TV show criminal justice as well as taxi 22.
James Gandolfini of course a three time Emmy winner according to HBO is on vacation The Sopranos actor appeared recently in zero dark thirty.
And the incredible -- wonder stone.
And as I mentioned he'd been working with fox searchlight stunning.
To learn that at 51 years old this incredible talent.
Has died he's survived by his wife and the son.
After earning his college degree in 1983 Gandolfini headed to New York to study at the actor's studio.
He supported himself for almost ten years as a bartender and a nightclub manager he came up the hard way.
And of course the major break came in 1992 with his role in a Broadway version of A Streetcar Named Desire it was a runaway hit and he a big star -- it.
He made his first film debut in a stranger among us as I mentioned he won three Emmys for The Sopranos.
He's won -- been nominated for just about every television award possible since he became Tony Soprano.
His demeanor incredibly modest modest and many doubted that he erected a trophy case in his own -- and again -- feeding certainly -- He has an ace which is from cable television -- And AF five for the American Film Institute a sad from Screen Actors Guild award a TCA Television Critics Association and an -- He would never admitted in public began -- was as hot commodity is there was in this nation.
There was a certain demographic of women who seem to gravitate toward his aggressive brazen and often violent character on that it showed it hit HBO show.
The key of course was that behind his antagonistic and destructive behavior -- Tony Soprano the man is a troubled and misunderstood boy.
Who was deprived of his mother's love.
That emotional scars was manifest of course and there -- -- traction going Graco and on and on we started hearing about this about fifteen minutes ago and frankly were hoping that it wasn't true.
But the confirmation has just come.
And it is crossing now across the country and around the world as a red alert from associate from Reuters news agency.
It reads and I quote BC dash HBO confirms The Sopranos star.
James Gandolfini has died HBO confirms The Sopranos star died of a possible heart attack while on vacation in Rome.
Trace Gallagher is in our Los Angeles newsroom traces this started to trickle in to us and we begin to strike it has to confirm it.
Mouths dropped in a studio and across a newsroom.
Where where deaths rarely rarely have that effect.
It's it's hard to imagine that this man has gone.
It -- -- -- 51 years old and as you said there were conflicting reports coming in.
About 1520 minutes ago and there were reports that James Gandolfini actually died of a stroke and then there were others saying no was a heart attack but truly in the early going.
It's quite clear that nobody's really sure exactly what he died.
We know that he was in Italy was in Sicily for a film festival and had been there for at least the better part of a few days.
As you -- -- he was very well noticed Tony Soprano but in.
In real life he always said he was the antithesis the exact opposite of -- -- -- -- often called himself a 260.
Of Woody Allen that's what he loved to do.
James Gandolfini we -- unclear exactly if he had any health problems -- -- -- had any heart problems we're kind of checking that out right now.
We're still trying to get this confirmed we know the LA times confirmed through HBO and that's where everybody else is getting their confirmation.
Independent confirmations very hard to come by.
As soon as we get more information.
I'm James Gandolfini and just add one more thing to what you were saying -- topple ball -- television awards he won.
As well as the cable ace award.
He was also nominated for a Tony award on Broadway.
For god of carnage of great play that he was then he didn't win.
But was nominated for the best actor category and your right very high demand films like Crimson Tide.
He was influence he said by Robert -- -- And of course he was considered as many times he told the story for the role of Vincent Vega in pulp fiction that of course is the vehicle that brought John Travolta back.
To start -- James Gandolfini.
Dead at the age of 51 -- No -- -- background from ask men dot com and it's good I'm quoting James Gandolfini was born September 18 1961.
A native west -- New Jersey.
And his decision to become an actor really came late in life.
At street earned undergraduate degree of community of communications from Rutgers in 1983.
Where he worked as a bouncer at a campus -- -- -- did the same on the night club scene right here in New York.
Are the living as a bouncer in a bartender and a club manager before he was lured to the stage.
His introduction came by way of the famed actor's studio here in New York it was there that Gandolfini honed his skill as a superb character actor.
For which he became known before his debut in The Sopranos.
And like other famous studio -- alarms before him Gandolfini got his start on the stage in school productions.
He made a modest name for himself in one day wonder summer winds and others his talent was evident.
Enough and it evident enough to earn him a call from Broadway.
Where he made his debut in 1992 opposite Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire.
And then of course later.
He could have been become an accomplished stage veteran he chose instead to branch out to the silver screen.
His career is storied.
And his life was short.
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