The tragic news of actor James Gandolfini’s death spread on Wednesday (June 19), but now, sad new details have emerged.
According to Yahoo, the 51-year-old was on a boys trip to Italy with 13-year-old son Michael. They were in Rome celebrating his eighth-grade graduation, and the actor was also expected to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily this weekend and receive the Taormina City Prize.
However, tragedy struck.
Gandolfini was in his hotel room at the Boscolo Exedra Roma, when he became ill at about 10 p.m. local time.
Hotel spokesperson, Antonio D’Amore, told the “Today” show that the actor’s son called the reception desk for help after finding his father in the bathroom, after he had apparently suffered a heart attack.
When hotel personnel arrived, Gandolfini was on the bathroom floor with his son by his side, and was still alive. Efforts to resuscitate Gandolfini were made and continued, as he was driven to the nearby Policlinico Umberto I Hospital.
Efforts to revive him continued for 40 minutes, before he was finally pronounced dead at 11 p.m.