“The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini died suddenly of a non-confirmed heart attack on July 19. On June 20 a hospital official could not confirm that James had died of a heart attack due to the autopsy needing to be finalized before releasing a statement. According to CNN reports Italian law requires the autopsy to be carried out by medical examiners 24 hours after the body has been moved to the morgue.
Hospital officials state that even though they can’t officially release a comment they can say that Gandolfini’s death “was probably a natural cause of death, myocardial infarction,” which translates to heart attack in layman’s terms. Ambulance staff tried to resuscitate the actor at the hotel, and again when James reached the hospital. Gandolfini was dead upon arrival.
News of Gandolfini’s death shocked Hollywood.
Susan Sarandon, co-star of “Romance & Cigarettes” took to her Twitter to write, “So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I've ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family."
Christina Applegate, co-star of “Surviving Christmas” wrote on her Twitter, “"I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I'm in shock."
Lindsey Lohan tweeted from rehab, “From Lindsay: 'James Gandolfini was a dear friend and a great man. My heart goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed' - team Lohan."