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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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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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