The 51-year-old actor
was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
he died from a heart attack. Deadline reports
the same cause of death.
Gandolfini was in pre-production on a new limited series, Criminal Justice
, one of several projects he had in the works, Deadline adds
The New Jersey native got his start playing a hitman in the 1993 hit True Romanc
e but he became a worldwide celebrity thanks to his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO show
Most recently he played a C.I.A. director in Zero Dark Thirty
On August 30, 2008, Gandolfini married
his girlfriend, former model Deborah Lin, in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.