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Clintons Help Get Gandolfini's Body Back to U.S.

10:58 AM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
'Sopranos' actor James Gandolfini (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

James Gandolfini's body arrived in New Jersey late Sunday night.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that a Signature Airlines flight carrying Gandolfini arrived Sunday night at Newark Liberty International Airport from Rome. The body was taken from the airport around 11:20 p.m.

The star's family friend, Michael Kobold, said in a statement Sunday that he wanted to thank Italian officials, Secretary of State John Kerry and "our friends at the State Department for helping us in this time of need." He went on to specifically thank "President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their kind support." He also noted U.S. Embassy officials for their assistance.

"We are fully aware that this process usually takes 7 days and we are extremely grateful for their efficiency in dealing with this matter. It has been our privilege to be guests in your beautiful country, despite the difficult circumstances," Kobald said.

A funeral for Gandolfini is planned for Thursday at 10 a.m. ET at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

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