***MY Heart is vey heavy tonight, as I just found out one of my “FAV” Italian actors passed away just a while ago. *James Gandolfini* has passed while on vacation in Italy. He was only 51 years old. I’m only 50, and it’s been known of his past heavy usage of booze, and some drug use. For me, I’m understanding of this, as we all have our past *Demons*and Battles we have fought. One of my points is that, when we are using, drinking, gambling, having a Great TIME!, we have NO IDEA what we are doing to our Health on the Inside of our bodies. It all will take it’s toll. This is a example of that. 51 years old is WAY to young to pass away.
They are reporting that it may have been a *Stroke* or *Heart attack,* but, I have had the experience of loosing 2 good friends from my Gamblers Anonymous group, and one woman was only 32 years old. She started having heart problems from all the *Tension and Heavy Stress* the doctor said was not the main factor, but played a role into her death.
It is truly why we need to be more AWARE of what addiction can do to our Health and bodies. This is an issue that really needs more attention in addiction and recovery. I will MISS James, he was fantastic in *THE SOPRONA’S* and had recently been in a couple movies I’ve watched on DVD……..SO, from one ITALIAN to another, Mr. James Gandolfini, please R.I.P. my friend, and I’ll see you in *The Little Italy* of Heaven…………*Catherine*
HBO – James Gandolfini in HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
Terrible news for TV fans: James Gandolfini, who played mobster Tony Soprano on HBO’s seminal drama “The Sopranos,” died suddenly today at the age of 51.
Gandolfini was traveling in Italy on vacation when he fell ill; conflicting reports have him suffering either a heart attack or a stroke. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and an eight-month-old daughter, Liliana, as well as a son, Michael, from a previous marriage.
HBO confirmed his death in a statement: “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth, and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Gandolfini won three Emmys and one Golden Globe for his performance as Tony Soprano on the acclaimed HBO drama — a complex, sometimes villainous role that launched the current wave of TV antiheroes. “The Sopranos” remains HBO’s highest-rated series ever, with 13.4 million viewers tuning in for the Season 4 premiere in 2002.
In addition to “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini appeared in dozens of movies, including memorable supporting turns in “True Romance,” “Get Shorty,” and last year’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”