James Gandolfini's Funeral to be Held Thursday

3:07 PM PST 06/23/2013 by Erik Hayden
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UPDATED: The service for "The Sopranos" actor will take place at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.

The funeral service for actor James Gandolfini will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan at 10 a.m., HBO confirmed in a statement. 

A plane carrying the Sopranos actor's body landed at Newark airport in New Jersey on Sunday night.

A spokesperson for the Gandolfini family, Michael Kobold, initially stated that Sopranos actor's remains would be returned to the U.S. from Italy on Monday evening. "The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening," Kobold said Sunday.

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Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday while on vacation in Italy with his family. Hospital officials in Rome confirmed in an autopsy that the cause of death was a cardiac arrest. 

"We are all devastated by this loss. James was a devoted husband, a loving father of two children, a brother and cousin you could always count on. We thank you for the privacy you have afforded us during this difficult time," read a previous Gandolfini family statement by Kobold. 

The actor is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and two children. 

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