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Critical Studies in Television Online

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James Gandolfini’s death was a shocker. It came out of the blue. Late on a Wednesday afternoon, June 19, I was making small talk in a hotel meeting room when my eye glanced towards a large video screen on the side wall. At first, I had a hard time processing the news crawl that announced the stunning revelation that Gandolfini was dead. There were no other details at the time. Soon press outlets all over the world reported that the actor had died of cardiac arrest at 51 while vacationing in Italy with his 13-year-old son, Michael. The boy found his father collapsed on the bathroom floor of their hotel suite in Rome. All attempts to revive the actor at a nearby hospital proved futile.


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