James Gandolfini. photo: Barry Wetcher

Sad news. Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died, reportedly of a heart attack. The actor was in Italy attending a film festival. Gandolfini will be forever remembered as Tony Soprano, the complex, panic attack-prone mafiosi in The Sopranos.

Gandolfini’s most recent film, the excellent rock & roll drama Not Fade Away bombed at the box office. Look it up. It features the actor at his very best and seemed to confirm Gandolfini’s brilliance in The Sopranos could transition to feature films. Huge loss.