Mourning an acting great: Tributes pour in for James Gandolfini
Fans, friends and fellow actors alike mourned the shocking passing of James Gandolfini as doctors attempted to pinpoint the cause of death of the former star of “The Sopranos.”
Doctors in Italy battled for 40 minutes Wednesday to save the life of Gandolfini, before pronouncing him dead at age 51. Their efforts came after paramedics had already tried to resuscitate him, according to ABC News.
Gandolfini, whose Emmy-winning performance as Tony Soprano made him a household name and ushered in a new era of American television drama, was vacationing in Rome and was scheduled to attend the closing of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on Saturday.
“I’m saddened by James Gandolfini’s passing,” Bryan Cranston, star of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” tweeted. “He was a great talent & I owe him. Quite simply, without Tony Soprano there is no Walter White.”
“So sad to lose James Gandolfini,” tweeted actress Susan Sarandon, who appeared with Gandolfini in 2005 in “Romance & Cigarettes.” “One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.”
He was taken from his Rome hotel to the city’s Umberto I hospital late on Wednesday, according to a hospital spokesperson.
“The resuscitation maneuvers, including heart massage, etc., continued for 40 minutes and then ... we declared James dead,” said Claudio Modini, the emergency room chief.
Because Gandolfini was declared dead on arrival, Italian law requires an autopsy to be performed, Modini said. The autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.
His body is currently in the Rome city morgue, ABC reported.
The actor’s 13-year-old son, Michael, had found him collapsed in the bathroom of his Rome hotel room, Gandolfini's manager, Mark Armstrong, said in an email.
Actress Edie Falco, who played Tony Soprano’s wife Carmela in “The Sopranos,” said she was devastated by his passing.
“He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words,” she said in a statement.