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James Gandolfini, former 'Sopranos' star, dead at 51

James Gandolfini, former 'Sopranos' star, dead at 51
Former "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has died at 51. (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP)

James Gandolfini, who rose to fame as the agonized mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," has died, the network confirmed late Wednesday.

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Gandolfini, who was 51, was stricken during a stay in Italy, according to reports. The cause of death was not immediately known but was initially attributed to either a heart attack or stroke.

On "The Sopranos," Gandolfini played New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano, who alternated acts of mayhem with a visits to his psychiatrist.

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