Funeral plans set for actor James Gandolfini

Funeral services for New Jersey native and actor James Gandolfini will be Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York

Funeral services for New Jersey native actor James Gandolfini will be Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Funeral services for New Jersey native actor James Gandolfini will be Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. (6/24/13)

PARK RIDGE - Funeral services for New Jersey native and actor James Gandolfini will be Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of the family says the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m.

The 51-year-old star of "The Sopranos" died Wednesday in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold says Gandolfini died of a heart attack.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that a Signature Airlines flight carrying Gandolfini's body arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Rome Sunday night. The body was taken from the airport around 11:20 p.m. but Colman did not say where.

The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.

Flags in New Jersey were flown at half-staff Monday in memory of Gandolfini.

The flag directive was issued Friday by Gov. Chris Christie. It says Gandolfini was an iconic actor who "left a timeless impact upon television and film in the state of New Jersey and across our nation."

Gandolfini was born in Westwood. He grew up in Park Ridge and attended Rutgers, the state's flagship public university.

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