The family spokesman for “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini, who died last week in Italy, has announced that the actor’s remains will be returned Monday to the United States for burial. James Gandolfini is being brought home for burial as quickly as the paperwork can be sorted.
HBO released the statement by Michael Kobold, the Gandolfini spokesman in Rome, Italy. The statement read, “Thanks to the collaboration of all these people and organizations I just named, we are now looking at hopefully getting James Gandolfini’s remains back to the States tomorrow. The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening.”
Kobold went on to thank the Italian and US governments for expediting a process that, according to him, usually takes seven days.
The sudden and unexpected death of the iconic actor aged 51 on Wednesday while he was on vacation with his family stunned Hollywood and his fans.
Michael Kobold said that further statements regarding the funeral would shortly follow.
That James Gandolfini is being brought home for burial so soon, will be good news for his friends and family who are still shocked at his sudden death in a foreign country.
The Wrap.com published the entire statement. It said, “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.
We are fully aware that this process usually takes 7 days and we are extremely grateful for their efficiency in dealing with this matter. It has been our privilege to be guests in your beautiful country, despite the difficult circumstances. We sincerely thank you.
We would like to thank the United States government, especially Secretary Kerry and our friends at the State Department for helping us in this time of need. Our expressed thanks to the people at the Italy desk at the State Department for working day and night on our behalf. We thank President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their kind support. And we would like to applaud Vice Consul Patricia Hill and her colleagues at the consular section at the U.S. Embassy here in Rome for being so courteous and helpful throughout this difficult process.
We expressly thank the management and staff at United Airlines in America and here in Rome for assisting us in every way imaginable.
HBO deserves a huge thanks for the support it has given us in this difficult time. We, the family, very much appreciate that a tremendous amount of work was done day and night by countless people at HBO who continue to help us make a heart-wrenching situation more bearable.
We have some very good news to announce to you today.
Thanks to the collaboration of all these people and organizations I just named, we are now looking at hopefully getting James Gandolfini’s remains back to the States tomorrow. The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening.
We are sure you can understand why we, the family, are so grateful to everyone who has been involved in this process.
We will make further announcements regarding the funeral.
Tributes for the actor have been pouring in since the news of his death was revealed. Actors Like Brad Pitt and Billy Bob Thornton have all stated how sad they were at the news and that the industry would miss his larger than life talents.
No doubt, James Gandolfini’s family will be reassured that his remains are being brought home for burial as quickly as possible. We will pass on the funeral details as soon as they become available.
By Michael Smith