James Gandolfini. (Getty Images)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Autopsy results released Friday for James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday in Rome, reveal the star died of natural causes. In other words, the initial reports were correct: He had a heart attack. The Sopranos star was 51.
A hospital report says doctors analyzed samples from Gandolfini's body Friday in Rome.
By law, medical examiners in Italy are required to conduct a postmortem 24 hours after the body's arrival in the morgue, a hospital spokesman said.
Although Gandolfini was said to have had "serious issues" with drugs and alcohol, according to 2002 divorce papers, doctors had not noted any suspicious factors on his medical report, Claudio Modini, who heads the emergency department where Gandolfini was taken in Rome, told CNN.
Before the body can be released to family, the U.S. Embassy has to issue a death certificate, reports Good Morning America.