Update: 1:45 p.m. PST James Gandolfini’s body was flown out of Italy on Sunday, according to Rome airport authorities. (via Reuters). The private New York-bound flight departed Fiumicino airport at around 12 p.m. ET.
James Gandolfini is coming home.
On Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the late actor’s family issued a statement in Rome, confirming that the body of Gandolfini will return to American soil on Monday evening.
“On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini’s remains to the United States,” family spokesperson Michael Kobold said in a statement. [via ABC News]
“It has been our privilege to be guests in your beautiful country, despite the difficult circumstances. We sincerely thank you.”
Gandolfini died on June 19 after suffering a heart attack in Italy. An autopsy later confirmed that he died of natural causes.
The beloved star of The Sopranos is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, their 8-month old daughter Liliana and Gandolfini’s son Michael from a previous marriage.
U.S. and New Jersey flags will be flown at half-staff on Monday in recognition of the actor’s passing, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie previously announced.