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    James Gandolfini's Body to Return to NYC, Funeral Service Set for Thursday June 27

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    James Gandolfini's body is expected to be back in the U.S. Monday.

    A spokesman for the late Sopranos star's family, Michael Kobold, announced the news in Rome, Italy Sunday, saying they are "hopefully getting James Gandolfini's remains back to the States tomorrow."

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    "The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening," he continued.

    "On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini's remains to the United States," Kobold said.

    "We are fully aware that this process usually takes 7 days and we are extremely grateful for their efficiency in dealing with this matter. It has been our privilege to be guests in your beautiful country, despite the difficult circumstances. We sincerely thank you." 

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    Kobold went on to thank the United States government for their help with the process, as well as former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Airlines, and HBO among others.

    "HBO deserves a huge thanks for the support it has given us in this difficult time," Kobold continued. "We, the family, very much appreciate that a tremendous amount of work was done day and night by countless people at HBO who continue to help us make a heart-wrenching situation more bearable. 

    Gandolfini passed away at the age of 51 Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in Italy. 

    A statement from HBO obtained by E! News said, "We can confirm, on behalf of the Gandolfini Family, that the funeral service for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday, June 27th. The service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan."

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