James Gandolfini, the actor who played Tony Soprano on the HBO hit show “Sopranos,” died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Rome — following what seems to be a dinner of heavy, fried food.
According to the New York Post, Gandolfini had gone out to dinner with his 13-year-old son Michael that evening. At the restaurant, he allegedly dined on “back-to-back orders or fried prawns slathered with mayonnaise chili sauce — as well as a heaping portion of foie gras.”
There have also been questions regarding Gandolfini’s historic struggles with alcohol and cocaine, and had been seen previously. The Post also reported that the actor ordered at least eight alcoholic drinks, including two piña coladas, four shots of rum, and a couple of beers.
The actor had previously attended a number of sessions of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York City’s West Village, but the Post quoted a source as saying that they “didn’t think that he was serious about getting sober.”
But as Fox News reported, family friend Michael Kobold, who dined with Gandolfini and his son, denied the Post’s claim that Gandolfini had had so much to drink — especially the piña coladas, which were “not his drink of choice.” Kobold also cited the autopsy, which revealed that Gandolfini had died of natural causes and without any drugs in his system.