Actor James Gandolfini (pictured), who produced several documentaries for HBO dealing with the after-effects of war and combat, has died in Italy, aged 51.
While best known for his lead role in mob drama The Sopranos, which ran on HBO for six seasons from 1999 to 2007, Gandolfini also exec produced two documentaries for the U.S. pay-TV network.
In 2007′s Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, the actor interviewed 10 Iraq War veterans, who discussed the challenges they faced integrating back into society and family life after returning from combat.
Meanwhile, Wartorn: 1861–2010, which was released three years later, analyzed the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on combatants throughout American history, from 1861 to 2010.
In a statement, HBO said: “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect.
“He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Gandolfini died in Rome yesterday (June 19) of a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin; their daughter, Liliana Ruth; and his son from a previous marriage, Michael.