Funeral for actor James Gandolfini to take place today

The funeral of Sopranos actor James Gandolfini will take place in New York today, the 51-year-old star died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Rome.

Speaking on behalf of Gandolfini's family, an HBO spokeswoman said the funeral would take place at 3pm UK time at the Church of Saint John the Divine.

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James Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos Credit: Mark Large/PA Wire

The body of the star was flown into Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday night.

The actor had been headed to Sicily, to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.

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Funeral for James Gandolfini

The funeral of Sopranos actor James Gandolfini will take place in New York today. The 51-year-old star died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Rome.