Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, <em>The Los Angeles Times</em> reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital where the <em>Sopranos</em> star was admitted. The actor was traveling in a group that included his son, his wife, and other family members.

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital in Rome where the Sopranos star was admitted.

Dr. Claudio Modini told the Times that Gandolfini, 51, was already in cardiac arrest when he arrived at Policlinico Umberto I Hospital Wednesday night.

"He was put under resuscitation treatment for 40 minutes, but the emergency staff failed to restart his heart, and at 23:00, he was pronounced deceased," said Modini, who did not personally treat the actor. The doctor said that Gandolfini "could have been deceased on arrival since he was already in cardiac arrest."

The Associated Press says that in accordance with Italian law, an autopsy would be conducted within 24 hours.

Gandolfini was reportedly in Italy to attend a film festival in Sicily, where was slated to received a prize. The actor was also using the trip to honor his son, Michael, reports Today, which says Gandolfini's son had just graduated from junior high school.

Today and other outlets report that it was Michael who found his father in distress in his hotel room, and called for help.

It seems the actor was traveling in a group that also included other family members. The Times reports that he was in a group that included his wife, Deborah Lin, and their nine-month-old daughter, Liliana.

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