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James Gandolfini funeral set for Thursday

A friend and spokesman for the family of James Gandolfini said on Sunday he hopes the actor's remains will be repatriated to the United States on Monday. (June 23)

The family of James Gandolfini announced Sunday that the funeral for the late actor wil be held this Thursday.

The full statement released Sunday afternoon:

We can confirm, on behalf of the Gandolfini Family, that the funeral service for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday, June 27th. The service will be held at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.  

Meanwhile, a family spokesman also said Gandolfini's remains will be returned to the United States on Monday: 

Thanks to the collaboration of all these people and organizations [Italian government, U.S. State Department, HBO...] just named, we are now looking at hopefully getting James Gandolfini's remains back to the States tomorrow. The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening.

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