According to reports from CNN, Variety and more, James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, has died of a possible heart attack in Italy at age 51. James Gandolfini was that amazing mixture of bad-ass and lover that made him a great mafia leader but also a believable dad. He could be creepy, scary, loving and vulnerable all at the same time. Never was this more true than when he played Winston Baldry, the gay hitman in the 2001 film The Mexican who told Julia Roberts: ”Now I don’t care what your take is on an after life. When people die, it’s scary and they go alone. Now, the people that I send off, that have experienced love, they’re a little less scared.” Let’s hope he experienced our love. He will be missed. R.I.P. James Gandolfini.
Editor’s note: This post has been modified to say “possible” heart attack. There are conflicting reports about the cause of James Gandolfini’s death.