ROME – A friend of James Gandolfini says the actor was discovered by a family member after he suffered an apparent heart attack in his hotel room in Rome.
Michael Kobold, who described himself as a close family friend, read a short statement to reporters Thursday and said little more about the circumstances of Gandolfini’s fatal attack.
He did not say who discovered Gandolfini, but NBC quoted Antonio D’amore, manager of the Boscolo Excedra hotel, as saying it was Gandolfini’s 13-year-old son, Michael.
Gandolfini, star of “The Sopranos,” was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at a Rome hospital late Wednesday night.Gandolfini had appeared in advertisements for Kobold’s company, Kobold Watches.Gandolfini was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. (2100 GMT; 5 p.m. EDT) Wednesday in Rome after being taken by ambulance to the Policlinic Umberto I hospital. Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the hospital emergency room, said Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at 10:40 p.m. (2040 GMT; 4:40 p.m. EDT) and was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts in the ambulance and hospital failed.