I wrote this in response to Steve Gray's post:
Are We Allowed To Mention James Gandolfini’s Massive Weight Problem As A Contributing Factor To His Death yet?
Once I became obsessed with The Sopranos, I became concerned about James Gandolfini's weight, and was scared this would happen. I think it's obvious his obesity was a factor in his death. It's not a secret. People aren't scared to discuss it. They may feel it's not the right time when people are grieving, just hours after his death.
The conversation about the dangers of obesity started a long time ago in the US. Weight loss TV shows are a big hit here because of so many struggling with weight. Other stars died too young because of it.
John Candy was only 44 when he died, was obese and smoked. His father died of heart disease at age 45.
Chris Farley died at 33 of a heart attack from an overdose of cocaine and morphine, Partly because of his obesity his arteries supplying blood to the heart narrowed, and was a major factor contributing to his death, confirmed by autopsy. A speedball killed both Chris and John Belushi, who was also overweight. The dangers of abusing one's body aren't new to anyone.
James Gandolfini was a staggering great actor, and I spent many hours of my life amazed and joyed by his talent. I'd rather think about that right now than the size of his body or the drugging or drinking he may have engaged in. Those who knew him say he was a wonderful guy.
I'm glad I found out about his death from Damon Lindelof's tweet, which stunned me, but was gentle at the same time: "James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace."
JAMES GANDOLFINI ON INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO
Jersey's family man Bergen County native James Gandolfini
VIA Dave Itzkoff
The actor's transfixing blend of gruffness and vulnerability breathed life into most memorable TV protagonist everBy Heather Havrilesky
Learning of James Gandolfini’s death at age 51 feels like another unexpected cut to darkness Losing this man feels like losing some crucial piece of our culture, a vivid and heartbreaking icon of our tragic flaws as a country, whose fierceness and soft underbelly always had a way of tugging at our heartstrings Tony Soprano is easily the most memorable TV character of all time James Gandolfini never stopped believing in Tony Soprano, and thanks to him, neither did we