James Gandolfini, who won three Emmys for his portrayal of Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos", died Wednesday, June 19 in Italy.
ATLANTA, Ga. - An Atlanta man may have taken the final public pictures of James Gandolfini.
Blake Kahn of Buckhead was in Rome when he ran across the HBO 'Sopranos' star Tuesday night.
Kahn told WXIA's Jon Shirek by phone Thursday that he and friends were dining at Sabatini Restaurant, sitting outdoors, and Gandolfini and his 13-year-old son were at the next table.
Everyone was respectful of them, Kahn said, no one wanted to intrude. But it was clear, he said, that Gandolfini and his family were happy, enjoying the evening out together. And, Kahn said, looking back at it, Gandolfini appeared to be in good health.
Another member of Kahn's group, Dee Duncan of Roswell, said it was a magical atmosphere. There were jugglers and magicians in the square, in the Trastevere section of Rome. Gandolfini, his son and everyone else at dinner, Duncan said, were in great spirits.
Gandolfini had been expected to appear at the Taormina Film Festival on Thursday, reports Variety.
Gandolfini died Wednesday, apparently of a heart attack, while on vacation in Rome, HBO said. He was 51.