Funeral plans set for Gandolfini

Funeral services for Sopranos star James Gandolfini has been set for Thursday at a church in New York City. The body of Gandolfini, who died last week of a heart attack, was flown out of Italy earlier today, according to airport authorities in Rome.

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Funeral plans set for Sopranos star Gandolfini

Funeral plans set for Sopranos star James Gandolfini. Credit: Chase Rollins/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Funeral services for Sopranos star James Gandolfini has been set for Thursday at Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of the family said that the funeral is scheduled for 10am.

Gandolfini was found dead in his Rome hotel on Wednesday evening, after a suffering a heart attack.

Body of Sopranos star Gandolfini leaves Italy for US

The body of Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack, was flown out of Italy today on a flight bound for New York, according to airport authorities in Rome.

Gandolfini was found dead in his Rome hotel on Wednesday evening.

Sopranos star James Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Rome. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA/Press Association Images

Family friend Michael Kobold thanked the Italian authorities and US Secretary of State John Kerry for helping to accelerate procedures.

An autopsy showed Gandolfini had died of natural causes.

His funeral is expected to take place in New York later this week.

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Gandolfini was 'happy and healthy' before his death

A friend of Sopranos star James Gandolfini said the 51 year old was "happy" and "healthy" before his death.

Speaking in Rome, Michael Kobold told the waiting media, "Jim was happy, Jim was healthy ... everything was going great".

Sopranos star James Gandolfini died aged 51. Credit: Mark Large/PA Wire

Mr Kobald said it can take up to 10 days to repatriate a body in Italy, but the family hope Gandolfini's body will be put on a flight to the US either Wednesday or Thursday next week.

It is hoped the funeral will take place in New York by Saturday "at the latest", he added.

Doctors tried for 40 minutes to revive Gandolfini

Claudio Modini, director of emergency room at the Polyclinic Umberto I hospital, said: "James Gandolfini arrived at the emergency room of the emergency department of Polyclinic Umberto I University Hospital in a cardiac arrest accompanied by the ambulance of the 118 service."

"He was a code red [when he arrived]," Modini added, speaking in Italian.

"They were already trying to reanimate him. The efforts continued for 40 minutes, a series of attempts to make his heart start using electric activity.

"He died at 23:00."

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Iannucci's tribute to 'warm, gentle and funny' Gandolfini

Comedy writer and producer Armando Iannucci, who directed James Gandolfini in the 2009 film In The Loop, has paid tribute to the actor:

Gandolfini's role as Lieutenant General Miller in In The Loop was a contrast to his performances as mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit series The Sopranos.

In The Loop writer 'shocked and sad' at Gandolfini death

James Gandolfini played Lieutenant General Miller in In The Loop, the 2009 black comedy film which followed the British political sitcom The Thick Of It.

Some of his most memorable moments feature language inappropriate for this website, but a cleaner contribution can be seen 39 seconds into the official trailer:

Simon Blackwell, one of the film's writers, wrote on Twitter: "Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of James Gandolfini. Great actor. Fond memories of working on In The Loop. Thoughts with his family."

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