James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini’s Will Filed In Manhattan, Actor Leaves Majority Of Fortune To His Children

The will of James Gandolfini was filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court on Tuesday about two weeks after the actor’s sudden death in Rome. The Sopranos star left the majority of his $70 million fortune to his wife, Deborah Lin, and two children, 13-year-old Michael and 9-month-old Liliana. He also left millions to his two sisters and smaller portions of money to close friends, godchildren and nieces.

Gandolfini specifically gave Michael all of his clothes, jewelry, and a NYC condo. The inheritance will be protected in trust fund until Michael turns 21. Michael will also share equal ownership of his father’s Italian property with his half-sister Liliana when the 9-month-old turns 25.

“It is my hope and desire that they will continue to own said property and keep it in our family for as long as possible,” Gandolfini wrote.

The will was signed on December 19, 2012.

Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 16. He was 51-years-old.

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Funeral For James Gandolfini Held In NYC, Wife Remembers Him As A “Kind And Loving Man”

Family, friends and co-workers of James Gandolfini gathered Thursday in New York City to pay their final respects to the late actor. The 90 minute service was held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on the Upper West Side. Mourners included Gandolfini’s 13-year-old son Michael, widow Deborah Lin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sopranos creator and executive producer David Chase. Chase was joined by other Sopranos stars, including Jamie Lynn Sigler, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Joe Pantoliano, Dominic Chianese, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Curatola, Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirippa, John Ventimiglia, Vincent Pastore and Aida Turturro.

The service was lead by the Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski. Speakers included Lin, David Chase and two family friends. Lin was the first to pay tribute. “My husband was an honest, kind and loving man. He cared more about others than himself. … Thank you for the memories of the beautiful life we spent together,” she said. “I love you Jim, and I always will. Rest in peace.”

Chase read a letter he wrote to Gandolfini. He remembered the actor as a “sad boy, amazed and confused.” “You could see it in your eyes. That’s why you were a great actor,” he said.

Gandolfini died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Rome. He was just 51-years-old.

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James Gandolfini’s Family Will Gather For Funeral On Thursday

James Gandolfini will be laid to rest this week. A funeral service for The Sopranos actor has been set for 10 a.m. on Thursday at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. No other details on the funeral arrangements were immediately available. Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, their 9-month-old daughter Liliana, and his 13-year-old son Michael from his previous marriage to Marcy Wudarski.

Gandolfini’s body arrived in New Jersey from Rome late Sunday night on a Signature Airlines flight. According to reports, the body was taken to a funeral home immediately. Gandolfini’s spokesman Michael Kobold thanked Italian authorities for the timely manner in which the actor’s body was cleared for transport back to the United States.

“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,” Gandolfini’s spokesman Michael Kobold said in a statement Sunday morning. “We are fully aware that this process usually takes seven 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.”

Gandolfini passed away suddenly last Wednesday. He collapsed in his room at the Boscolo Exedra hotel in Rome and was found by his son Michael. The actor was rushed to Policlinico Umberto I hospital where he was pronounced dead after attempts to resuscitate him failed. An autopsy determined the 51-year-old died of a heart attack.

Brad Pitt: I’m “Gutted” By James Gandolfini’s Death

Brad Pitt is one of the latest stars to weigh in on the tragic death of James Gandolfini. On Thursday, Pitt told reports he is “gutted by this loss.” Pitt and Gandolfini starred together in True Romance, The Mexican, and most recently Killing The Softly.

“I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man,” Pitt said. “I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace.”

Italian authorities announced Friday that Gandolfini, 51, died of a heart attack. The Sopranos star was in Rome for a short vacation with family before he attended the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily this weekend. He collapsed in his room at the Boscolo Exedra hotel Wednesday night and was found by his 13-year-old son Michael. Gandolfini had stopped breathing by the time he reached the hospital and attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Gandolfini’s spokesperson says the actor’s body will be flown back to the United States as soon as Italian authorities clear the move. “Once we have the clearance, we will put him on a flight to America. We expect that to be Wednesday, maybe Thursday, but we will keep you informed,” he said, adding that the funeral will hopefully happen “on Thursday, Friday, latest Saturday” in NYC.

Heart Attack Killed James Gandolfini, Spokesperson Talks Funeral Plans

Italian authorities have determined James Gandolfini died of natural causes. An autopsy revealed The Sopranos star suffered a heart attack. Gandolfini’s spokesperson confirmed the news on Friday.

“Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes,” Michael Kobold said. “The autopsy further states that nothing else was found in his system.”

“We are all devastated by this loss,” he adds. “James was a devoted husband, a loving father of two children, a brother and cousin you could always count on. We thank you for the privacy you have afforded us during this difficult time.”

Kobold later said Gandolfini’s body will be flown back to the United States as soon as Italian authorities clear the move. “Once we have the clearance, we will put him on a flight to America. We expect that to be Wednesday, maybe Thursday, but we will keep you informed,” he said, adding that the funeral will hopefully happen “on Thursday, Friday, latest Saturday” in NYC.

Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday night after collapsing in his room at the Boscolo Exedra hotel in Rome. His 13-year-old son Michael found him and called for help, but the actor had stopped breathing by the time he reached Policlinico Umberto I hospital. Attempts to resuscitate him failed. “The resuscitation maneuvers, including heart massage, continued for 40 minutes and then, seeing no electric activity from the heart, this was interrupted and we declared James dead,” Dr. Claudio Modini said.

In addition to Michael, Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin and their 9-month-old daughter Liliana.

Shocked Celebrities Pay Tribute To James Gandolfini

Tributes to beloved actor James Gandolfini began pouring in as soon as news broke of his sudden death at the age of 51. Many of Gandolfini’s colleagues, including his Sopranos co-stars, released statements or expressed their grief on social media. See some of the tributes below.

“We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.” – HBO

“I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.” – Edie Falco

“Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world.. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.” – Michael Imperioli

“I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family.” – Stevie Van Zandt

“Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad.” – Steven Schirripa

“James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with, “He was a great man and I will forever be indebted to him.” – Joseph R. Gannascoli

Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.” – Steve Carell

“James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I’m so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.” – Olivia Wilde

“I did a play with James Gandolfini 24 years ago in a basement under a bar in the west village. I’m pretty sure it was one of his very first acting jobs. The year I was first elected SAG prez he threw me in the air at the awards party. “My God I will miss that man. He was so loving and talented and funny. He lived a huge life. The wind is knocked out of me.” – Melissa Gilbert

“So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.” – Susan Sarandon

“RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State.” – Kevin Smith

Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin and their 9-month-old daughter, as well as his 13-year-old son Michael from his previous marriage to Marcy Wudarski.