A funeral service for legendary actor James Gandolfini took place in NYC on June 27. ‘Sopranos’ stars like Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Lorraine Bracco flooded the church to pay their respects to their co-star. Read for more details.
The news of James Gandolfini’s sudden death shocked family, friends, and fans to their core on June 19. A funeral service for the actor was held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan’s Upper West Side June 27 where friends, fans and co-stars — including James’ TV wife, Edie Falco — gathered to say goodbye to the actor.
Funeral Service For ‘Sopranos’ Star
The actor, best known for playing mob king Tony Soprano on The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007, died of a heart attack June 19 while vacationing with his son in Italy. The actor was only 51.
Hundreds gathered at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine to celebrate James’ life. According to the New York Post, the ceremony included a film tribute produced and filmed by HBO for the actor’s family.
His Wife’s Kind Words
James’ wife Deborah Lin was the first family member to speak at the service, according to New York Daily News.
My husband was an honest kind and loving man. He cared more about others than himself. He took the time to ask others in the course of the day how they were doing…Jim, one of the things I loved the most was watching you be the father that you were to Michael and Lily…Thank you for the memories of the beautiful life we shared together…I love you Jim and I always will. Rest in Peace.
Celebrities Who Attended
Along with Edie, Sopranos creator David Chase and James’ TV daughter Jamie-Lynn Sigler attended the service with co-stars Steve Buscemi, Lorraine Bracco, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Imperioli, and John Ventimiglia. Alec Baldwin, Gov. Chris Christie, and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson also showed up to pay their respects to the New Jersey legend.
Final Curtain For The Hollywood Legend
Broadway theaters dimmed their lights June 26 in honor of the actor. James was nominated for a Tony in 2009 for his role in God of Carnage.
A private viewing was held for James in Park Ridge, N.J. June 26. James’ wife Deborah and 9-month-old daughter Liliana were among the first to arrive to the wake, according to the New York Daily News.
It’s obvious that James was loved by many. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to James’ family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson