Family, friends, fans pay tribute to James Gandolfini

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jamesNEW YORK, NY – Last night the lights were dimmed on Broadway to honor actor James Gandolfini.

Today, family and friends gathered in New York City to pay tribute.

It was a private ceremony at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, a historic cathedral in Manhattan and one of the largest sanctuaries in the city.

It was set up so that 2,000 people could be seated inside.

Outside the cathedral, mourners gathered to pay their respects.

Although they never met him, they felt connected to him; just as so many did with Tony Soprano, the powerful character he brought to life for six seasons on HBO.

He was just 51-years-old when he died of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy with his son.

So long James Gandolfini — aka Tony Soprano — you were a true gift to television.