Heart attack killed ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini, friend says


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An autopsy confirms James Gandolfini died of a heart attack, a family friend says

"There was no foul play," he adds

Gandolfini was taken to a Rome hospital Wednesday from his hotel

The actor had been scheduled to receive an award at an Italian film festival

Rome CNN —  

An autopsy has determined that actor James Gandolfini’s death Wednesday was the result of natural causes – a heart attack – family friend Michael Kobold told reporters here Friday.

“There was nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. “There was no foul play, there was no substance abuse, none of that.”

The 51-year-old actor had arrived Tuesday with his son, Michael, at the five-star Boscolo Exedra Roma.

“Jim was happy, he was healthy, he was doing really fine,” Kobold said. “He was on vacation with his son. He has an 8-month-old daughter. Everything was going great. I just spoke to him on Father’s Day.”