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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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James Gandolfini death 'an awful shock'

James Gandolfini at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2008. Credit: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said: "It's an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy. I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano.

"I have gotten to know Jimmy and many of the otheractors in the Sopranos cast and I can say that each of them are an individualNew Jersey treasure.

"Mary Pat and I express our deepest sympathies to Mr Gandolfini's wife and children, and our prayers are with them at this terrible time."

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