Actor who played mob boss Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini, dies

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's “The Sopranos” helped create one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.

In a statement, the cable channel, and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, said he died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome. No cause of death was given, but news reports were saying that he died of a possible heart attack.

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