James Gandolfini Funeral Plans Set, Service For ‘The Sopranos’ Actor To Be Held On Thursday

  @Keemohan on June 25 2013 2:30 AM

Funeral service for James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" actor whose body was flown to the U.S. from Rome on Sunday night, will be held on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, in New York City.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. local time, an HBO spokesperson speaking on behalf of the family, said in a statement cited by the Associated Press.

The 51-year-old actor, who received three Emmys for portraying the role of Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos," died on Wednesday in Rome while vacationing with his family. Gandolfini is survived by wife, Deborah Lin, and two children.

Heart attack was cited as the cause of death, family spokesperson Michael Kobold said in a statement cited by AP.

In Gandolfini’s memory, flags in the state of New Jersey were flown at half-staff on Monday. Gandolfini "left a timeless impact upon television and film in the state of New Jersey and across our nation," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in his order, according to AP.

The actor was born in Westwood, N.J., and studied at Rutgers University. 

A tribute was paid to the actor at the Taormina Film Festival on Saturday, where the actor was scheduled to take part in the closing ceremony.

"James Gandolfini is on the air. The tribute to him by the Taormina Film Fest was moving. I'm crying. And I'm not the only one," Italian director Giulio Base wrote on his Twitter account. 

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