Actor James Gandolfini Dies in Italy at Age 51

James Gandolfini arrives at the LA premiere of "Nicky Deuce" at the ArcLight Hollywood on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO and James Gandolfini's managers say the actor famous for his role in "The Sopranos" has died in Italy.

The cable channel, and managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, say the 51-year-old Gandolfini (gan-dahl-FEE'-nee) died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome.

 

In a statement, HBO called the actor a great talent and a gentle and loving person.

Gandolfini played conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007.

[READ: Italy Film Fest Dedicates Homage to Gandolfini]

His film credits included "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Killing Them Softly," and he appeared in the Broadway production "God of Carnage."

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