RIP “Sopranos” Star, James Gandolfini: Dead at 51

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Actor James Gandolfini is dead at 51. He suffered a massive heart attack while on a trip to Italy with his son, Michael.

James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor whose Mafia-boss character survived six seasons of mob hits and panic attacks on “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.

The man behind Tony Soprano was with his teenage son, Michael, 13, when he suffered a massive heart attack, a source close to the barrel-chested actor said.

Gandolfini and his family had spent “a beautiful day out together,” the actor’s assistant, Tom Richardson, told friend Mike Sullivan on Wednesday.

“When they got back to the hotel, Jimmy went to use the restroom. And something happened in there … . His sister said he was alive when they took him out in the ambulance on the way to the hospital,” Richardson said, according to Sullivan, a close pal of “Sopranos” actor Tony Sirico.

The news floored Gandolfini’s friends, fellow actors and “Sopranos” co-stars, including Steve Schirripa, who was in a box suite at Yankee Stadium when word reached him by phone. The color drained from Schirripa’s face and uncertainty reigned for a half-hour as he and other “Sopranos” cast members, like Lorraine Bracco and Steve Van Zandt called each other, desperate for details.

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#RIP Dick Clark: Dead At 82 
                          Dick Clark Dies
#TaniaOnTheScene sends her prayers to the family of the TV Legend!
Dick Clark dies after massive heart attack.

Dick Clark is dead after suffering a heart attack, according to TMZ. ABC confirmed the report.

The 82-year-old longtime TV producer and host had been at St. John’s Hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure on Tuesday, according to TMZ. Clark reportedly suffered the heart attack following the procedure and died on Wednesday after unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him.

Clark had a history of health problems. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1994, which he kept private until 2004, the year he suffered a stroke that forced him to retire as host of “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve.” Clark created the program in 1972 and earned a Peabody Award for his coverage. He was only unable to host twice until his stroke. Though Ryan Seacrest has since taken over, Clark made annual appearances.

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