LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO and James Gandolfini's managers say the actor famous for his role in "The Sopranos" has died in Italy.
The cable channel, and managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, say the 51-year-old Gandolfini (gan-dahl-FEE'-nee) died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome.
In a statement, HBO called the actor a great talent and a gentle and loving person.
In this July 12, 2007, file photo, James Gandolfini, executive producer and interviewer for HBO's Iraq War documentary 'Alive Day Memories,' smiles during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. HBO and the managers for Gandolfini say the actor died Wednesday, in Italy. He was 51. AP photo
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."