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Body of James Gandolfini returns to U.S.; funeral at St. John the Divine

James Gandolfini’s body is expected to be returned to New York on Monday, according to E! News on June 23. Michael Kobold, spokesperson for Gandolfini family announced the news from Rome, Italy this morning. “They are hopefully getting James Gandolfini’s remains back to the States tomorrow,” Kobold announced.

James passed away at the age of 51 due to a sudden heart attack on June 19. The outpour of sadness from Hollywood and “The Sopranos” cast has been overwhelming.

“The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening,” Michael announced. “On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini's remains to the United States," Kobold continued. “"We are fully aware that this process usually takes 7 days and we are extremely grateful for their efficiency in dealing with this matter. It has been our privilege to be guests in your beautiful country, despite the difficult circumstances. We sincerely thank you," Kobold graciously states.

Other thanks went out to the government for their help, former President Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Airlines, and others.

Kobold says the family hopes to have funeral services by this Saturday.

New York Daily News reports that James Gandolfini’s funeral will be at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in upper Manhattan on Thursday.