The Gandolfini family released a statement via their spokesperson, Michael Kobold, at a press conference Sunday in
"The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening," he said.
In the statement, the family thanked the Italian authorities, members of the
Gandolfini, who won three Emmys for his portrayal of New Jersey mob kingpin Tony Soprano on the hugely acclaimed HBO series, died Wednesday night of a
"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 said. "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."
Via HBO, the actor's family also announced plans for a funeral to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the city's largest place of worship.