Updated: Multiple sources, including Deadline, Variety, TMZ, ABC and more seem to have confirmed the death, although there is no concrete cause at this time.
Original Text: Emmy-winning actor James Gandolfini, best known as his role as Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos, has died according to a report at Deadline.com. The report states that Gandolfini died suddenly in Italy after a heart attack, but as of right now Variety is also reporting that the cause of death was a stroke. No official statement or confirmation has been made, but if the reports are true, Gandolfini would have only been 51 at the time of his death.
TMZ reports the actor was in italy to go to the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, where he was scheduled to appear with director Gabriele Muccino.
Gandolfini’s first big role was in 1993 as a hitman in the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance. In his time on The Sopranos, which lasted from 1999 through 2007, Gandolfini brought in three Emmys for his performances. Even after his career-defining role in The Sopranos, Gandolfini still had many big-screen appearances, including spots in Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and Not Fade Away last year.
Gandolfini leaves behind his wife, Deborah Lin, and two children.