A doctor who runs the ER where James Gandolfini was taken before he was pronounced dead says there are no suspicious factors, such as alcohol, but the statement appears premature — especially with respect to any drugs that might have been in the actor”s system.
Professor Claudio Modini, the chief ER doc, says it looks like a heart attack, adding it was “probably a natural cause of death, myocardial infarction.”
Gandolfini had acknowledged he had been addicted to cocaine and booze, and substance abuse played a part in his 2002 divorce.
As for the professor”s tentative conclusion, it”s premature to know if drugs or alcohol were a factor. It”s also unclear what — if any — toxicology tests will be performed on Gandolfini”s body.
As we previously reported, Gandolfini died Wednesday in Italy while on vacation with his son.