New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff for Gandolfini

TRENTON, N.J. - June 24, 2013

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."

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