Heartbreaking details have emerged revealing that James had a heart attack in his hotel room after a ‘beautiful day out together’ with his family in Rome and that his 13-year-old son was the one who called for help.
James Gandolfini, who famously played Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos died of a reported heart attack on June 19 at the age of 51, HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Deadline reported. James’ assistant, Tom Richardson, is now speaking out on the scary events leading up to his death and how his young son tried to save his beloved father.
James Gandolfini Died — Actor Passes While Vacationing With Son
Mike Sullivan, a friend of James says that his assistant Tom Richardson recalled the moments before James’ death.
“When they got back to the hotel, Jimmy went to use the restroom. And something happened in there. His sister said he was alive when they took him out in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.”
However, by the time they reached the Policlinico hospital on the night of June 19, James had passed away, hospital spokesman Antonio Spasola told CNN.
James’ son Michael, only 13, was the one who cried out for help, in the middle of their “boys trip.” Michael had just graduated from the eighth grade. After hearing the news of James’ death, Michael’s mother, James’ first wife Marcy Wudarski, rushed to Italy to comfort her young son, reports TMZ.
Gilles Marini On James Gandolfini — Speaks On Friends Death
On his official Facebook page, actor Gilles Marini posted:
“I am heartbroken. My bud James Gandolfini just died. Last Saturday he told me at our kids graduation ghat he was so happy to go with his son to Italy. A boy trip! It was an honor to have met this man, such a great Dad! I spent so much time with James son teaching him soccer. I feel for that kid it must be so hard right now for little Micheal . Guys say a prayer for him and his family. This is going to be very difficult time for them. I am so so sad! RIP Brother you’ll be missed !”
James leaves behind his wife Deborah Lin and their baby daughter, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini, who was only born in October of 2012. He also leaves his son Michael from a marriage with Marcy.
We are thinking of his friends and family in this difficult time.
— Dory Larrabee