James Gandolfini discovered collapsed in bathroom by son
The Soprano's son summoned help after his father collapsed in an Italian hotel room
The Sopranos actor passed away Wednesday night at the age of 51, and his autopsy today shows that he died of a heart attack.
He had been on a vacation with his son before he was slated to attend the closing ceremonies of the Taormina Film Festival on Saturday in Sicily.
Michael discovered his father collapsed in the bathroom at their hotel at around 10pm, the establishment's manager Antonio D'amore told NBC News.
He immediately summoned help and staff at the five-star Boscolo Exedra hotel in Rome found the star on the floor in the bathroom. They worked hard to resuscitate him and when the ambulance arrived he was still alive.
James was taken to the Policlinico Umberto I hospital. The medical centre's head of the emergency room Claudio Modini confirmed to Associated Press that he was declared dead at 11pm, which was 40 minutes after he arrived.
According to TMZ, Claudio has said there was nothing suspicious about James' death, with alcohol apparently not involved. He asserted the star likely suffered a fatal heart attack, adding: "[It was] probably a natural cause of death, myocardial infarction."
An autopsy is due to take place and its thought there will be some initial results today.
It is thought James and Michael were also holidaying with the late star's sister.
As well as arranging time for fun with his son, James was due to work in Italy. He was set to make an appearance at the 59th Taormina Film Festival on Saturday, with the event now planning to pay tribute to him.
Michael is James' son with his first wife Marcy Wudarski. He is also survived by his second spouse Deborah Lin, who he has eight-month-old daughter Liliana with.
A number of stars were quick to pay tribute to James when the news of his passing was made public yesterday. The Sopranos creator David Chase called him "one of the greatest actors of this or any time".
James portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano in the long-running US TV show, with Edie Falco playing his wife Carmela.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words," she told AP. "I consider myself very lucky to have spent ten years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known."