James Gandolfini's Remains Return to US; Funeral Set for Thursday
(NEW YORK) -- The remains of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini have been flown to the United States.
Family friend Michael Kobold issued the following statement from Rome on Sunday: "We are now looking at hopefully getting James Gandolfini's remains back to the States tomorrow. The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening."
However, TMZ.com is reporting that Gandolfini's remains arrived in Newark, N.J., on Sunday night.
Kobold said former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, current Secretary of State John Kerry, and other U.S. government officials either played a role or lent their support in expediting the process of repatriating Gandolfini's remains to the United States.
Gandolfini died last Wednesday of a heart attack while on vacation in Rome. He was 51.
A funeral service will be held Thursday morning at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered all state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday in honor of Gandolfini, a native of the state.
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