Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a stroke, this according to Deadline.com. He was 51.
Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.
And according to Deadline he was in pre-production for a new HBO show, Criminal Justice. He had a lead role.
UPDATE FROM TMZ. And man, this is sad.
James Gandolfini’s shocking death happened in the middle of a “guy’s trip” for the actor and his teenage son, Michael … TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources tell us James’ trip was for pleasure and business — first getting to spend some QT in Italy with Michael, who just recently graduated from the 8th grade … and then attending the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
We’re told Michael’s mom — James’ first wife Marcy Wudarski — immediately flew to Italy on Wednesday to be with her son … after she was told James had died.
James and his son were very tight — Michael is a big hockey fan, and he and his father were regulars at LA Kings home games.