When HBO’s THE SOPRANO’S concluded its run, it ended in a very controversial way that outraged viewers when the show just suddenly “went to black.”
Yesterday came another “sudden ending” as actor James Gandolfini, aka “Tony Soprano,” unexpectedly passed away at age 51 of a massive heart attack.
It’s ironic that he died in Italy, as during the run of The Soprano’s some of Tony’s more at peace moments were during a trip to Italy. Gandolfini was there in the middle of a father-son trip with his teenage son, Michael.
As of this writing it’s unclear as to whether or not Gandolfini had been suffering from any health problems before the heart attack. He leaves behind an impressive body of work, but there’s no doubt that the actor had many more fine performances to come as his range of talent extended far past the iconic role of Tony Soprano.
So, R.I.P. James Gandolfini and goodbye Tony Soprano. I got a feeling the “gravy won’t be so good tonight.”