Italian authorities expedited James Gandolfini's body back to the U.S.
- After dying in Rome Wednesday, James Gandolfini 's body has been returned to the U.S. ahead of his funeral , set to take place Thursday on Manhattan's Upper West Side . F amily spokesman Michael Kobold said: "On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini's remains to the United States. We are fully aware that this process usually takes seven days, and we are extremely grateful for their efficiency in dealing with this matter."
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