New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff for Gandolfini

FILE - James Gandolfini arrives at the LA premiere of "Nicky Deuce" at the ArcLight Hollywood on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano, died on June 19, 2013 at the age of 51 while in Italy. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

June 24, 2013 5:59:19 AM PDT
Flags in New Jersey will be flown at half-staff Monday in memory of "Sopranos" star and New Jersey native James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini died Wednesday in Rome at age 51. A family spokesman has said an autopsy revealed the cause was a heart attack, though authorities have not released the report.

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.

Christie has called the actor, acclaimed for his role as mobster Tony Soprano, a "New Jersey treasure."