R.I.P. to a television legend.
James Gandolfini, the actor best known for his lead role as mobster Tony Soprano on the HBO series 'The Sopranos', is reportedly dead at 51 years old. According to Variety, the actor died of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy.
Gandolfini became a cultural icon for his seven-year portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO's 'The Sopranos.' For his performance, he won three Emmys, three SAG awards, and a Golden Globe, and remains one of the most recognizable television stars of all time.
Since 'The Sopranos', Gandolfini appeared in films such as 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'In the Loop', 'Killing Them Softly' and 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.' Last year, he starred in 'Sopranos' creator David Chase's directorial debut film, 'Not Fade Away.'
His final film, 'Animal Rescue,' is slated for release next year.
Gandolfini leaves behind a wife, Deborah Lin, and a son.
It's incredibly sad news. Gandolfini leaves behind a lasting legacy through his cultural milestone of a performance, and will be sorely missed. But before you get too sad, we'll leave you with one of Gandolfini's greatest moments: