James Gandolfini’s Death Caused By Chronic Cocaine Abuse – Led To Cardiovascular Disease and Fatal Heart Attack

James Gandolfini's Death Caused By Chronic Cocaine Abuse – Led To Cardiovascular Disease and Untimely Fatal Heart Attack

Hollywood seems to be in a state of shock tonight over the death of James Gandolfini. In case you haven’t already heard, the 51-year old actor suffered a major and fatal heart attack in Italy June 19th. James was best known for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano in the seminal HBO hit series The Sopranos. Fellow actors seemed to really respect Gandolfini’s approach to the roles that he took on and his fans loved the fact that fame came to him later in his career, proving that hard work can really pay off even – in middle age.

What a lot of people seemed to turn a blind eye to was the fact that Gandolfini had a series of very serious drug problems throughout his career. Back in 2002 during a messy divorce from first wife Marcy Wudarski we first heard rumblings of what the actor’s private life was really like. I’m talking about cocaine being his drug of choice, trips to rehab, and the man was accused by Marcy of being pretty damn kinky and hiring prostitutes and strippers to satisfy his drug fueled cravings.

Prolonged cocaine use leads to all sorts of cardiovascular issues including blockages and damage to the arteries. Obviously a major heart attack can be the end game result especially for those with other risk factors – like being obese, out of shape, and a big drinker – all factors affecting Gandolfini. I’m not sure whether or not Gandolfini was clean at this time. He has been rumored to have had some serious slips over the years and I’m sure an autopsy and toxicology report will be telling – if one is performed and the results released.

I do think that Gandolfini using cocaine over the years greatly contributed to his death now – and almost certainly accelerated the cardiovascular disease which killed him. He set himself up for all sorts of heart problems that may not have been present if not for the coke use. Chronic cocaine abuse often leads to premature sudden death – this is a medical fact. Whitney Houston’s sudden death was a sad but perfect example of what long-term cocaine abusers can expect. Any hopes for a Sopranos film have pretty much died with Gandolfini.

Will you miss Tony Soprano? I know I do already. People use drugs and alcohol thinking they are immune from the consequences, thinking ‘it won’t happen to me.’ Well it does happen ‘to you’ and if you abuse substances then expect serious health problems down the road – and not always too far down the road. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!



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  • HollywoodHiccups

    If this is true it is even more sad, such a waste. I did hear he had a drug problem years ago, I though he went to rehab :-( RIP!

  • Angel 2009

    Appalling to conjecture on cause of death at this point – have a modicum of respect for James Gandolfini, CDL.
    Let the autopsy speak for him.

    • jody

      We have plenty of respect for Gandolfini but that does not mean we ignore the obvious.

  • DawnS

    We should respect him as an actor and leave it at that.

    • jody

      No – we should report what is true – he had a huge cocaine problem and went to rehab for it – that is relevant to the issue of his sudden death at a young age.

      • Bella

        Very true and it cost him a lot

  • Pamela

    He was a great actor. I hope drugs have nothing to do with it. We’ve already lost so many from drug use!

  • Bella

    Unfortunately I think his substance abuse did have a lot to do with his sudden death may peace and love be with his son

  • jody

    We could wait indefinitely but why should we not report our accurate research immediately – this is why it’s called NEWS – you might not be happy with the report but that’s not our fault – when you see a headline the says “James Gandolfini’s Death Caused By Chronic Cocaine Abuse – Led To Cardiovascular Disease and Fatal Heart Attack” and you read the article then what do you expect, a eulogy?

    • Piquebu

      You’re not reporting news. You’re speculating. When the results of the autopsy are in, and you report on facts, THEN it’s news. Otherwise, you’re just gossiping.

  • jody

    cowards hide from the truth

  • jody

    ???

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  • bohomoth

    Am very sad about this death. Very sad. Time will tell the exact cause but personally my own thoughts are that his obesity was the likely cause. Either way, I’d rather remember him for his spectacular body of work.

  • Piquebu

    “I do think that Gandolfini using cocaine over the years greatly contributed to his death now – and almost certainly accelerated the cardiovascular disease which killed him.” – So ..when did you get your medical license? Yep, that’s what I thought.

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  • jody

    “common decency” – nope – i am not at a funeral or a wake where discussion of G’s past behaviour as a contributing factor (which it most certainly was) in his sudden death from a heart attack at 51 would be inappropriate – i am on my blog where i am compelled to report the news as i see it and warn others about the consequences of long-term cocaine use – this is my right and privilege – as it is yours to read or not read my post and to comment on it – there was nothing indecent about this post.

  • jody

    agreed

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  • ll

    Everyone loves JF. But just keeping it real, a friend of his said that he was living a clean lifestyle; 8 drinks is not living clean; and his liver looked enlarged from just observing at him. Coca one can really damage the heart also. It was just a complex tragedy. So sad as I sit at home watching the sopranos again.