James Gandolfini's Sudden Death

The final hours of this beloved Jersey boy and the heroic actions of his young son.
1:36 | 06/20/13

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After that stunning loss, actor james gandolfini dying at the age of 51. Fans across the country and his friends in hollywood are remembering him. The jersey boy, the son of an italian immigrant who as tony soprano made a mark on television. He died on a trip to italy with his young boy who had to make that call for help. What doctors are telling our team on the ground in rome r vacation. The new jersey born and raised star with his 13-year-old son michael who just graduated junior high, in rome exploring their italian roots. The actor, who war honored at a film festival, seen by tourists enjoying a meal with his son at an outdoor restaurant. But last night at 10:00 p.M., gandolfini reportedly becomes ill in his room at the exedra hotel in central rome. His son calls the hotel staff, who rush to the room and call for an ambulance. The paramedics administer first aid at the scene before racing him to the hospital. At 10:40, gandolfini arrives at the hospital. We spoke with the director of the emergency department. He says gandolfini was in cardiac arrest when he arrived. Restruggled to save him for 40 minutes in the ambulance and at the hospital. But around 11:00 p.M., The actor is declared dead. And, david, those questions about what caused gandolfini's death, what caused him to go into cardiac arrest at just the age of 51 will begin to be answered tomorrow when the autopsy is due to take place.

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