TODAY   |  June 22, 2013

Italian film festival honors Gandolfini

Fellow actors will honor James Gandolfini with a special tribute at the Sicilian film festival that he was due to attend as a guest of a honor. NBC’s Mandy Clark reports.

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>>> the tragic death of actor, james gandolfini . he was supposed to attend a movie festival today. mandy clark is in rome. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. today, fellow actors paid tribute to james gandolfini at the film festival he was going to attend as a guest of honor. he was in italy to receive an award. he w organizers displayed a montage of his films, tv work as a tribute to his career.

>> in the clothes and cars, you spend everything i make!

>> reporter: wednesday he suddenly collapsed in his hotel room . his son alerted staff. doctors could not revive him. he was 51 years old. speculation was growing about what killed him. yesterday, a family friend announced the finding of the autopsy.

>> we received the results of the autopsy which say he died of a heart attack, of natural causes . the autopsy further states nothing else was found in his system.

>> reporter: gandolfini was known as tony soprano . his ability to make a monther not seem like a monster.

>> you thought he was a normal dad and husband and solved the same problems we have every day.

>> reporter: back in new jersey at the restaurant where the final scene of the "soprano's" was filmed. yesterday, his sister visits to pay her respects. his body is being prepped to fly home next week. the paperwork to allow his body to be brought back to the u.s. can take up to ten days. gandolfini's family hopes to bring him back sooner, wednesday or thursday for a funeral that is due to take place at the end of the week. lester?