James Gandolfini's Last Meal: Eight Drinks, Fried Prawns, and Foie Gras
ABC News is reporting that the 51-year-old star "died of a heart attack, with no evidence of substance abuse or foul play," according to a statement issued by family friend Michael Kobold at a news conference held at Rome's Boscolo Exedra hotel, which was where Gandolfini was staying with his son.
The burly actor was spotted at several cafes, including one in the Trastavere neighborhood, enjoying the evening air and the local cuisine. Though everyone has to eat, it looks as though the actor, much like his Tony Soprano character, took his pleasures to an unhealthy extreme.
The New York Post is reporting that Gandolfini's dinner before he died was, indeed, worthy of the title "last meal."
According to the Post, a source in Rome said that "Gandolfini guzzled four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner with his son -- while he chowed down on two orders of fried king prawns and a 'large portion' of foie gras."
The unnamed source said that the Tony nominee and Emmy-award-winning thespian "first ordered a pina colada with two additional shots of rum on the side. He followed that up with an identical round -- a pina colada and two shots -- and then downed two beers."
The Post reports that Gandolfini ordered two servings of fried prawns with mayonnaise chili sauce and a portion of foie gras, downing the entire meal himself. His 13-year-old son, Michael, was said to have ordered two virgin coladas with his meal.
Nearly "everything [Gandolfini] ordered was fried. Obviously, that's going to cause problems with your heart," the source noted.
Although Gandolfini has had a history of problems with drug and alcohol abuse, in today's news conference, Kobold said the initial autopsy reports ruled out "evidence of drug use, alcohol abuse, or foul play."
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