As you might have already heard, actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attck in Rome yesterday in front of his son. Well shit. ABC News reports:
"The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini was at a Rome hotel vacationing with his son Wednesday when paramedics brought him to a hospital in cardiac arrest, officials said. Doctors pronounced him dead less than an hour later. Gandolfini, 51, was in his room at Hotel Exedra when he became ill around 10 p.m. local time, officials said. His son Michael, 13, called the reception desk for help, Laura Conti, marketing director of the hotel chain told ABC News. When hotel staffers arrived in Gandolfini's room, they immediately called for an ambulance, she said. Conti said the actor was alive when the ambulance left for Policlinico Umberto I hospital in central Rome. Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at around 10:40 p.m. in cardiac arrest, Prof. Claudio Modini, director of the Emergency Department of the Policlinico, told ABC News. The paramedics in the ambulance had already started the resuscitation procedures. Those efforts continued after arrival at the hospital for 40 minutes, after which Gandolfini was declared dead, Modini said.
I'm not going to waste your time canonizing Gandolfini, because he'd probably think it was lame and call me a fag, but all know is in 200 years, The Sopranos will still be the bible on how to write episodic television and Tony Soprano will be the benchmark of character development.