James Gandolfini Dies at 51

Actor who portrayed Tony on the "Sopranos" has died in Italy.
1:34 | 06/19/13

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If this -- coming on the air tonight there's a late breaking story that's our lead story so -- right away for details to ABC's Terry Moran. Sometimes an actor finds a role that just connects the role of a lifetime. James Gandolfini who died suddenly today at 51 -- Tony Soprano. Port 86 episodes over six seasons on HBO Gandolfini seared America's eyeballs with his all out portrayal. -- New Jersey mob boss plagued by self doubt and petty problems yet capable of staggering and ruthless violence. With news of his passing apparently of a heart attack while he was in Italy. The world -- not only lost an immensely talented actor but also a cultural icon. To by the time the world met Tony Soprano in 1999. Get helping me become a -- master at bringing to life the gray areas between crime and civility evil and humanity. But among liberals back and he played alongside Brad Pitt in last year's killing them softly. Telling ABC's Cynthia McFadden he had to be talked into playing yet another tough guy. I don't wanna do another. Another month for a long time ends it war but -- system to -- In a statement tonight HBO said he was -- special man a great talent but more importantly a gentle and loving person. Now he is gone leaving behind a wife and two children including an eight month old girl. But like all like comic roles Tony Soprano lives on and so does the gifted man who brought him to life. -- --

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