Sopranos star had 'wonderful' last day with son: friend

Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:20pm EDT
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By Steve Scherer

ROME (Reuters) - James Gandolfini, star of the U.S. Emmy-winning series The Sopranos, had a "wonderful" last day on holiday with his son before dying of a heart attack in Italy, a family friend said on Friday.

Michael Kobold told journalists an autopsy on Friday morning showed Gandolfini had died of natural causes, confirming an earlier report from medical officials.

The autopsy had shown "nothing out of the ordinary ... there was no foul play, there was no substance abuse," Kobold said.

Kobold, who was designated by the family to talk to the media, said Gandolfini, had had a good time with his 13-year-old son Michael and there was no hint anything was wrong.

"He had a wonderful day. He visited the Vatican and had dinner at the hotel with his son, awaiting the arrival of his (Gandolfini's) sister," Kobold said.

"He was on vacation with his son, he has an eight-month-old daughter. Everything was going really great. I just spoke to him on Father's Day. He was fine, he was happy. He was a good guy," Kobold said.

The star was found dead in his Rome hotel late on Wednesday.

His sister, Leta Gandfolfini, visited his body at the hospital morgue on Friday morning after the autopsy.   Continued...

Johanna Antonacci (C), the sister of Soprano's star James Gandolfini, is shielded by security as she arrives at the Rome morgue where the body of her brother is being held following an autopsy earlier in the day June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile