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James Gandolfini Dies At 51, According To Reports

Actor James Gandolfini, seen here earlier this year, has died at age 51, according to reports.

Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has reportedly died. Variety magazine reports that he suffered a "sudden stroke." The former star of the HBO series The Sopranos was reportedly in Italy when he died. HBO has confirmed the actor's death, CNN reports.

Gandolfini won accolades and Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the gruff and complicated character of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mobster who was the heart of The Sopranos. The critically acclaimed show aired its last episode in 2007.

More recently, the burly actor was in the action thriller Zero Dark Thirty. He was also working on an upcoming CBS show, Taxi 22. Another project, Criminal Justice, is in the works for HBO.

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