James Gandolfini's body being flown to New York for funeral
It's set to take place on Thursday.
James Gandolfini's family are flying his body back to his beloved New York City, so that the late actor can be buried there. A spokesperson for the family, Michael Kobold, said that the family are preparing The Sopranos legend's funeral service for Thursday.
Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Rome on Wednesday while on a "boys only" bonding trip with his 13-year-old son xx, who discovered his father's body.
"On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini’s remains to the United States," Mr Kobold said in a statement. "We are fully aware that this process usually takes seven days and we are extremely grateful for their efficiency in dealing with this matter."
"It has been our privilege to be guests in your beautiful country, despite the difficult circumstances. We sincerely thank you."
Kobold also thanked the US government for their "kind support."
It is believed that Gandolfini's funeral will take place on Thursday at 10am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.
Gandolfini played conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. His film credits included Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly, and he appeared in the Broadway production God Of Carnage.
"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving," Gandolfini's managers said.
Gandolfini's performance as Tony Soprano was indelible and career-making, but he refused to be stereotyped as the bulky mobster who was a therapy patient, family man and cold-blooded killer.