'The Sopranos' James Gandolfini has passed away aged 51
James Gandolfini, the actor famous for his lead role in mob drama The Sopranos, has died in Italy, according to his managers.
The 51-year-old died on Wednesday while on holiday in Rome, according to HBO and the actor's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders.
It is understood Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival.
In a statement, HBO called the actor a great talent and a gentle and loving person.
Gandolfini played conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. His film credits included Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly, and he appeared in the Broadway production God Of Carnage.
"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving," Gandolfini's managers said.
We remember his life in pictures.
Source: Press Association