James Gandolfini — Tragedy Struck During Father-Son Trip

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James Gandolfini“s shocking death happened in the middle of a “guy”s trip” for the actor and his teenage son, Michael … our sources has learned.

Multiple sources tell us James” trip was for pleasure and business — first getting to spend some QT in Italy with Michael, who just recently graduated from the 8th grade … and then attending the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

We”re told Michael”s mom — James” first wife Marcy Wudarski — immediately flew to Italy on Wednesday to be with her son … after she was told James had died.

James and his son were very tight — Michael is a big hockey fan, and he and his father were regulars at LA Kings home games.