Following James Gandolfini’s death the fine folks at Children’s Television Workshop have uploaded a clip of a 2002 appearance by the actor on Sesame Street in which he helps Zoe overcome a fear of loud noises, revealing his own fear of haircuts and giant talking vegetables in the process.
And speaking of Gandolfini, more details emerged today about his final hours, much of which were spent with his 13 year-old son.
The New Jersey-born actor was in his hotel room at the Boscolo Exedra Roma when he became ill at about 10 p.m. local time. Antonio D’Amore, a spokesperson for the five-star hotel, told the “Today” show that the star’s son called the reception desk to summon help upon discovering his father in the bathroom after he had apparently suffered a heart attack.
When hotel personnel arrived, Gandolfini was on the bathroom floor with his son by his side, and he was still alive, D’Amore said. Efforts to resuscitate Gandolfini were made and continued as he was driven to the nearby Policlinico Umberto I Hospital.
Claudio Modini, the director of the Emergency Department of Policlinico, told ABC News that Gandolfini arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest at 10:20 p.m. Resuscitation efforts continued for 40 minutes, at which point he was pronounced dead. His official time of death was 11 p.m.
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