NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Friends and fans alike continued to offer their condolences Thursday, one day after actor James Gandolfini died in Rome from apparent cardiac arrest.
Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday while on vacation in the Italian capitol. Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency room at the Policlinic Umberto I hospital, said Gandolfini arrived at the hospital at 10:40 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. after resuscitation efforts in the ambulance and hospital failed.
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Michael Kobold, a family friend, told reporters in Rome that Gandolfini experienced a “medical emergency” in his room at Rome’s Exedra Hotel at around 10 p.m. Wednesday. He said a family member discovered Gandolfini, but he declined to say whom.
“Probably a natural cause of death,” a doctor at the hospital said.
The doctor said ER staff tried to resuscitate Gandolfini for 40 minutes.
“Unfortunately, with many people, when these things happen there often can be no warning. It just happens because of one issue or another in the heart,” 1010 WINS medical expert Brian McDonough explained. “At age 51, it’s not uncommon to have a heart attack. We don’t see it all the time, but this is the age group where you will see problems.”