James Gandolfini, perhaps best know for his role as Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sorpano's," died of a heart attack while on vacation in Italy late Wednesday night. He was only 51-years-old.
"It is with immense sorrow that we report our client, James Gandolfini, passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy," managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. "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."
During filming of 2007 America's Game, quarterback Eli Manning actually got one over on Gandolfini, who quoted the Super Bowl MVP regarding a game against the Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm not superstitious," Eli said about watching the game on the big screen, "but I am a little 'stitious. I know that's not a real word, but it's my own little saying."
It was a joke taken from Michael Scott of "The Office," but one Gandolfini and other NFL Network producers failed to realize. It made it into final cuts and can be heard with each re-airing of the episode. Just another of Manning's many good-hearted pranks.
We at Giants 101 send out our condolences to Gandolfini's family and many friends. It's a very sad day, indeed. He will be missed by many forever.
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