Gandolfini Autopsy: Actor Died of Heart Attack

Gandolfini Autopsy: Actor Died of Heart

Up to 10 days' delay until body is sent to U.S.

ROME — James Gandolfini died of a heart attack with no evidence of substance abuse, the autopsy performed on his body at Rome’s Umberto I Hospital has confirmed.

The late actor’s funeral will be held in New York no earlier than Thursday June 27, as soon as Italian paperwork is cleared, his friend Michael Kobold said in a brief Rome press conference on Friday.

“He died of a heart attack, of natural causes,” Kobold told reporters, reading from a statement.

“The autopsy further states that nothing else was found in his system,” he added.

Asked if Gandolfini had a known pre-existing heart condition, Kobold replied, “No, he was healthy.”

Kobold said Gandolfini’s body has been turned over to a funeral director.

“In Italy it can take up to 10 days to file all the necessary documents and paperwork to repatriate the body,” Kobold noted.

“We are looking forward to working with the Italian government officials to shorten that process,” he added.

Kobold specified that he hoped to put Gandolfini’s body on an airplane Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

A van with Gandolfini’s relatives reportedly arrived Friday at the Umberto I hospital morgue.

Gandolfini had been travelling in Italy with his 13-year-old son Michael and was waiting for his sister Johanna Antonacci to arrive at Rome’s Hotel Boscolo Exedra when he passed away.

“He had a wonderful day. He visited the Vatican, he had dinner at the hotel with his son,”Kobold said.

At the press conference, the hotel manager Francesca Caracciolo denied reports that Gandolfini had downed lots of cocktails and eaten heavily at the hotel shortly before his death.

“I can tell you categorically that those reports are not true,” she said.

“This was apparently a mix up; whoever leaked this information to the press must have gotten something mixed up,” Kobald confirmed.

“Some of the food listed in the press are things I ate with the family yesterday,” he went on to specify.

“The Pina Coladas were virgin Pina Coladas for Michael, Jim son.”

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  1. rlm1955 says:

    He was one of the most powerful actors on this planet, his life as a gift to us will be sincerely missed.

  2. Harro says:

    Why is it so important what the man ate and drank before he passed away? Even if he had a couple of drinks, I don’t care! He was on a holiday. Maybe he passed away because it was his time to go.. He died if an heart attack like thousand others on this day. I dont care what caused it. The sad thing is that he is not around anymore! Let the man rest, mourne him! stop looking for a reason. It won’t make him alive again!

  3. theresa says:

    James you were a great actor, in both movie’s and tv, great father, husband. hollywood just lost a great icon.

  4. James you showed us all how great a father and actor you were much love to micheal and his family respects karlene healey new Zealand rip James

  5. Why is there no mention in the press that he was grossly over-weight? It’s no secret that gross obesity is a factor in heart attacks occurring in young people. I blame Jimmy and his doctors for allowing this to kill a 51-year old.
    {written by a physician}

  6. margie-rose dalton says:

    One of my favorite actors. World lost a great one. My heart goes out to his son Michael & familia. God bless them. May James R.I.P.

  7. Peter Rodis says:

    Jimmy wasa part of our life for 8yrs every Sunday-He was the little Brother I never had . What a great guy.may he R.I.P.

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